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Recommended Dietary Allowance

Recommended Dietary Allowance

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is a dietary standard based on the quantities of certain nutrients believed to meet the nutritional needs of most healthy persons in the Unites States. These allowances should not be confused with requirements for a specific individual and have not been set for all recognized nutrients.

While these allowances are thought to provide an adequate buffer in cases of nutritional stress, they will not supply the increased needs of persons whose reserves are depleted by pollution, disease, medications, metabolism disorders, illness or injury, or depleted in the growing, harvesting, processing and preparation of food.


References
Guthrie, Helen A. Introductory Nutrition. 5th edition. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby Co., 1971.

Kreutner, Patricia A. 1980. Nutrition In Perspective. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs. 665.