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III. Ways of quantitating nutrient requirements

Methods Methods: Maximum growth in the young Methods: Prevention/cure of deficiency diseases Methods: Saturation of tissue Methods: Balance studies Methods: Changes in a secondary variable Methods: Amounts in typical diets     Summary:     Previous Page Next Page


In establishing dietary requirements the goal is to determine what amount is high enough, if ingested routinely, to prevent impairment of health even if intake becomes inadequate for a short period. Here are some of the criteria that have been used to determine dietary requirements and criticisms of some of them. You will see that not all nutrients can be judged by the same methods.


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