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Worksheet 2-3: Dietary Reference Intakes and Food Composition Tables
The Dietary Reference Intakes are a collection of 4 nutrient values used for different purposes. Provide
the definitions for the abbreviations in your own words. When or why would these values be used?
1. RDA Recommended Dietary Allowance: he estimated amount of a nutrient a day considered
that is necessary for the maintenance of good health
2. AI Adequate intakes: Nutrient intake goals that are not limited to scientific data, but leaves
room for guesswork as well.
3. EAR Estimated Average Requirements: An average requirement of nutrients based on stage of
life and gender. Used by researchers and policy makers.
4. UL Tolerable Upper Intake Level: The highest amount of nutrients a person could take without
serious health risk.
Find the DRI tables in your textbook.
5. How much calcium would a 15-year-old girl need each day? _1300mg__
6. How much calcium would a 35-year-old man need? __1000mg_
7. How much calcium would a 60-year-old woman need? __1200mg_
8. Why do you think these individuals require different amounts of calcium? Think about the body and
bone health throughout the lifecycle.
Calcium is important for bone health and strength. In our early years, its important to have enough
calcium to aid in bone development. As we grow older, it is important to increase calcium intake to
prevent bones from deteriorating as much as possible.
The Dietary Reference Intakes also provide a percentage of carbohydrate, protein, and fat necessary for a
balanced diet. These are called the AMDR or Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges. Fill in the
numbers for the ranges.
9. Carbohydrate _45-65%__ __________
10. Fat _20-35%_____________
11. Protein _10-35%_____________

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Worksheet 2-3: Dietary Reference Intakes and Food Composition Tables The Dietary Reference Intakes are a collection of 4 nutrient values used for different purposes. Provide the definitions for the abbreviations in your own words. When or why would these values be used? 1. RDA – Recommended Dietary Allowance: he estimated amount of a nutrient a day considered that is necessary for the maintenance of good health 2. AI – Adequate intakes: Nutrient intake goals that are not limited to scientific data, but leaves room for guesswork as well. 3. EAR – Estimated Average Requirements: An averag ...
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