Here are some unique nutritional needs women have

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Nutrition for Women

Women have some unique nutritional needs, including needing more of certain vitamins and minerals during pregnancy or after menopause.


Most times, women need fewer calories. That’s because women naturally have less muscle, more body fat, and are usually smaller. On average, adult women need between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day. Women who are more physically active may need more calories. Find out how many calories you need each day, based on your age, height, weight, and activity level.

Vitamins and minerals. 

Calcium, iron, and folic acid are particularly important for women.

Reproductive health. 

Women have different nutritional needs during different stages of life, such as during pregnancy and breastfeeding or after menopause. SEE: Guide to meet nutrition needs during pregnancy

Health problems. 

Women are more likely to have some health problems related to nutrition, such as celiac disease and lactose intolerance, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as iron-deficiency anemia. 


Women process some substances differently and burn fewer calories at rest and during exercise than men do.

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