Estimated Average Requirement (EAR): The average daily nutrient
intake level that
is estimated to meet the requirements of half of the healthy individuals in a
stage and gender group.
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA): The average daily dietary
level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97-98
healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group.
Dietary Reference Intakes For Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty
Acids,Cholesterol, Protein,and Amino Acids, Institute of Medicine of the
National Academies, 2002 and 2005, THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS 500 Fifth
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