What are Nutrients?
Nutrients are molecules in food that all organisms need to make energy, grow, develop, and reproduce. A lot of scientific research has beeen done to identify the various nutrients and to determine minimum, average, optimal, and excessive intake of these molecules. So much research has been done, in fact, that interpreting the information may be confusing. Click on a link to learn more about these nutrients and what foods provide them.
|CARBOHYDRATES||CALCIUM||VITAMIN A (RETINOL)|
|CALORIES||COPPER||VITAMIN B1 (THIAMINE)|
|FAT||CHROMIUM||VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN)|
|FIBER||FLUORIDE||VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN)|
|PROTEIN||IODINE||VITAMIN B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID)|
|MAGNESIUM||VITAMIN B7 (BIOTIN)|
|MANGANESE||VITAMIN B9 (FOLATE)|
Recommended Daily Intake of Nutrients
|RDA||Recommended Dietary Allowance||The daily dietary intake level of a nutrient considered sufficient by the Food and Nutrition Board to meet the requirements of nearly all healthy individuals.|
|EAR||Estimated Average Requirements||The amount of a nutrient expected to satisfy the needs of 50% of the people in a particular age group.|
|RDI||Reference Daily |
|A population-adjusted RDA based on all ages and gender groups. It is numerically identical to the highest RDA value for any group.|
|DRV||Daily Reference Value||A suggested amount of a substance that a 2000 Calorie diet ought to contain. It is a loose consumer guide developed for food labelling.|
|% DV||Percent of Daily Vaue||Percent of the total daily allowance (or requirement) of a substance that one serving of the food provides.|