Dietary reference intakes
Dietary reference intakes (DRIs) are a set of scientifically developed reference values for nutrients.
Work in nutritional health and safety depends on DRIs to provide the science-based evidence for:
- developing nutrition labels
- developing dietary guidelines and food guides
- ensuring foods and supplements contain safe levels of nutrients
- creating patient and consumer counseling and educational programs
- assessing nutrient intakes and monitoring the nutritional health of the population
Services and information
Underlying principles, types of DRI values, guidance documents 'Applying the Dietary Reference Intakes' and 'The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements'
Links to published DRI reports on nutrients, applications, methodologies, lessons learned
DRI values for vitamins, minerals and macronutrients, definitions, equations to estimate energy requirements, unit conversions, height and weight references
Standing Committee on DRI framework, joint Canada-U.S. working group, evidence scanning
Origin of DRIs and Canadian participation, DRI development process, chronological table of nutrient standards in Canada
The review of macronutrients will address energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate and fibre
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