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Since its introduction in 1943 Recommended Dietary Allowances has become the accepted source of nutrient allowances for healthy people.

These Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are used throughout the food and health fields. Additionally, RDAs serve as the basis for the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances, the Food and Drug Administration's standards for nutrition labeling of foods.

The 10th Edition includes research results and expert interpretations from years of progress in nutrition research since the previous edition and provides not only RDAs but also "Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intakes"—provisional values for nutrients where data were insufficient to set an RDA.

Organized by nutrient for ready reference, the volume reviews the function of each nutrient in the human body, sources of supply, effects of deficiencies and excessive intakes, relevant study results, and more.

The volume concludes with the invaluable "Summary Table of Recommended Dietary Allowances," a convenient and practical summary of the recommendations.


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National Research Council. 1989. Recommended Dietary Allowances: 10th Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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302 pages |6 x 9
  • Paperback: 978-0-309-04633-6
  • Hardcover: 978-0-309-04041-9

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
Summary 1-9
Definition and Applications 10-23
Energy 24-38
Carbohydrates and Fiber 39-43
Lipids 44-51
Protein and Amino Acids 52-77
Fat-Soluble Vitamins 78-114
Water-Soluble Vitamins 115-173
Minerals 174-194
Trace Elements 195-246
Water and Electrolytes 247-261
Other Substances in Food 262-272
Index 273-283
Summary Tables 284-285

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