Nutrition Myths

Tag - dietary recommendations

Portion Distortion

The portion sizes of some foods have grown to dis-proportional sizes over the last few decades, distorting the healthy ratios. Carbohydrates became the most abused part of our diets and their portions often reach 4 or more servings in countries like...

Portion Size

The portion size is the amount of food (number of servings) you choose to eat in one seating for the meal or a snack. For example, when considering chicken meat, we normally eat two servings in one single portion at one seating: about 6oz of chicken...

Serving size

Serving size refers to how we measure the amount of food. It can be listed either in grams, ounces or common household measures such as cups, tablespoons or teaspoons. The sizes or measures are standardized so it is easier to compare similar foods...

Upper limit

Upper Limit (UL) is the maximum tolerable intake level of a nutrient. UL is the highest level of daily intake of a specific nutrient likely to pose no risk of adverse health effects in almost all individuals of a specified age and gender. The higher...

Recommended dietary allowance

Established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the average daily dietary intake level of a nutrient sufficient to meet the requirements of nearly all (97.5%) healthy individuals...

Estimated average requirement

A nutrient intake value that is estimated to meet the requirement of half of the healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group. EAR is used to calculate Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).

Dietary reference intake

Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) refers to a set of at least four nutrient-based reference values (RDA, AI, UL, EAR), each with a specific use in defining recommended dietary intake levels for individual nutrients in the U.S. Expert panels appointed...