Recommended Dietary Allowances:

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CED-78-169: Published: Nov 30, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1978.

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Recommended dietary allowances in planning diets, evaluating nutritional contents of food, establishing guidelines for food labeling, and developing new food products can be used properly only when their meanings are understood.

Recommended dietary allowances are considered to be too complex for use by the consumer and are intended to be used by the professional nutritionist or dietitian. Although they provide a reasonable standard for use by nutrition professionals in planning and evaluating diets, a diet which provides the recommended dietary allowances does not necessarily ensure adequate nutrition.

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