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Dietary Reference Intakes: the Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements [Hardcover]

Jennifer J. Otten , Jennifer Pitzi Hellwig , Linda Meyers
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Sept. 29 2006 0309100917 978-0309100915 1
Presents a selective summary of the series of publications on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). Organized by nutrient and provides foundation for understanding how and why the DRIs were developed. Topics include applying dietary reference intakes, energy, macronutrients, water, physical activity, vitamins, minerals, and more. For clinicians.

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"An essential reference for nutritionists and for those in the health professions who are concerned with planning meals or making recommendations on nutrition."

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Jennifer J. Otten, Jennifer Pitzi Hellwig, Linda D. Meyers, Editors

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Feb. 27 2010
What can I say...? It is an essential book for ANYONE working in the field of human nutrition and dietetics, either in clinics with individuals or in the community with programs for groups or in academia.
This books summarizes all the nutrient recommendations for all age groups and the basis for the recommendations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It scares me how few people read this book Sept. 28 2011
By ThirstyBrooks - Published on Amazon.com
Dietary Reference Intakes is the manual that explains what the diet experts' weasel words mean. These experts have done an excellent job of explaining in clear statistical terms what we really know about nutrition. Sure, it looks technical and plenty of grown ups will be put off by the math. I used to teach statistics, and there's nothing in here "No Child Left Behind" does not require of remedial 10th grade students.

It scares me how much diet advice Americans consume and how few people have read this book. "But it's free from the Government Printing Office!" you may say. Maybe, if you download it, but most people aren't going to spend the money to print this out and think about it. The paper version costs the same on Amazon as from the G.P.O., but Amazon ships for free and the GPO doesn't.

For each macronutrient (Protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates) and for each micronutrient (the many vitamins and minerals) Dietary Reference Intakes explains how much we need and where we can get it. It explains differences by age and gender, and points out interactions that might make the obvious numbers differ from a specific situation. It gives more than one definition of "enough" for each nutrient.

EAR: Estimated Average Requirements (amounts half of the individuals need, most of the time),
RDA: Recommended Dietary Allowances (amounts almost all of the people in a group need, most of the time),
RDI: Recommended Dietary Intake (UnAmerican version of RDAs, so ask the Canadians),
AI: Adequate Intake (what average people really do, because nobody knows what they ought to need),
UI: tolerable Upper Intake levels (nobody should get more than this, but sadly many do)
EER: Estimated Energy Requirement (for calories), and
AMDR: Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (for proteins, fats, and carbs)

Those of you who think the RDA amounts printed on the side of your vitamin bottle are strict and safe limits should read the section on the complexities of iron metabolism. Note that this is important, because iron deficiencies are the most widespread form of malnutrition in the world. Expertise doesn't produce definite answers. No one can give you a number that will protect you from all arguments.

Those of you who think there's nothing important in here need to take careful notes...
95% of American males and 75% of females get more then the tolerable upper limit of sodium and chloride.
Sugar should be limited to 25% of total carbohydrates. One can of Mountain Dew can exceed the daily limit.

Excellent science does not mean this is the final word on nutrition. The people who wrote this book recommend no more than minimal fats. Go read Gary Taubes' "Why Are We Fat" to understand why some serious scientists might disagree with even such a basic call.

There's an awful lot here to master. Reading it once will give you a general sense of the challenges of defining good nutrition. But Dietary Reference Intakes will leave you very much aware that there's way too much to keep in your head. To discuss these issues intelligently will take multiple readings. In the meantime, the book persuaded me take multiple vitamins.

Amazon reviews tend toward high rankings, so I've allowed some grade inflation...
==>6 stars - Buy this book now, you'll want it more than once ...if you're a pro
5 stars - Will reflect well on you if given as a gift
==> 4 stars - Worth reading to enrich your life ...for any American who gives or takes diet advice
3 stars - Entertainment for those with time on their hands
2 stars - Fun to read, but not the best use of time
1 star - So poorly written I felt like I wasted my time
5.0 out of 5 stars Dietary Reference Intakes DRI Reviewed March 31 2009
By Gregory Muncer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hi Folks, I orignally became familiar with The National Academy of Sciences when they publish the predecesor of The Dietary Refence Intakes book and as it was called then The Recommended Dietary Allowances RDAs. The newer version is a complete Text Book of The Nutrition Subject as we know it today, from the source that establishes the subject standard.
Sometimes you have to go to the horse to understand their thinking.
I have not finished reading the book yet as to its fullness.
This Amazon distributed book came fast and clean.
I am a happy camper with a book on super health.
Thank You Amazon and The National Academy of Sciences
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1.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for the book Sept. 14 2012
By candice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ordered this at the end of August, it is the middle of September now and I am still waiting. I am very disappointed with the service.
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