How Much Nutrition Do You Need

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^ Unveiling what the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are ^ Comparing differences between RDAs and Adequate Intakes (AIs) ^ Looking at nutrition a new way: The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) ^ Discovering how who you are determines the amount of nutrients you need healthful diet provides sufficient amounts of all the nutrients that your body needs. The question is, how much is enough?

Today, three sets of recommendations provide the answers, and each comes with its own virtues and deficiencies. The first, and most familiar, is the RDA (short for Recommended Dietary Allowance). The second, originally known as the Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intakes (ESADDIs), now shortened to Adequate Intake or simply AI, describes recommended amounts of nutrients for which no RDAs exist. The third is the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake), an umbrella term that includes RDAs plus several innovative categories of nutrient recommendations.

Confused? Not to worry. This chapter spells it all out.

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