• Understanding the Daily Reference Intakes
    Health,  Nutrition

    Understanding the Daily Reference Intakes (RDIs)

    Estimated Average Requirement (EAR), Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), and Adequate Intake (AI) are all part of the Daily Reference Intakes (RDIs). The RDIs are guidelines based on the best scientific evidences available that consider nutrient needs for healthy populations (McArdle, Katch, & Katch 2013). Where evidence is lacking best judgement were made based on observations and experimentally derived approximations (Otten, Hellwig & Meyers 2006). Among other lifestyle factors, diet is one of the leading causes of death and illness (Danaei et al., 2009; Park, 2014; Simon, 2014). Given this, RDIs focus on health maintenance and disease prevention for dietary prone disease states (Dietary Reference Intakes n.d.; McArdle, Katch, & Katch…