I. Improving Productivity and Competitiveness
2. Developing Recommendations for the Improvement of Nutritional Status

b. As the government’s arm for nutrition research, FNRI leads the Review of the 1989 Philippine Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Dietary standards are not static. They are revised as concepts of health and nutrition adequacy change, as new requirements become available, and as new functions of nutrients are discovered.

RENI Committee at work, Dr. Rodolfo F. Florentino, Co-Chair discussess the nergy requirements for Filipinos.

The 2002 dietary standard is termed Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) and is defined as “levels of intakes of energy and dietary components which, on the basis of current scientific knowledge, are considered adequate for the maintenance of healthy persons in the population.

In addition to energy, protein, calcium, iron, iodine, vitamins A,C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate included in the 1989 Summary Table of RDAs for Filipinos, and recommended intakes for vitamins E and B6 phosphorus, zinc, water, sodium,potassium, and chlorine included in the 1989 Philippine RDA handbook, the 2002 Edition will include recommended intakes for vitamin K, B12selenium, magnesium, manganese, and fluoride.

The RENI is a valuable reference for planning energy and nutrient intakes of individuals, assessing energy and nutrient intakes of the population, setting food production targets, assessing food supply adequacy, for nutrition labeling of food products, and as basis for designing public health and supplementation programs, nutrition education, and advocacy.


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