Recommended Dietary Allowance : WHO & NIN

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In Context :
  • A new study by CSE (Centre for Science and Environment) showed that salt and fat in an array of “junk food” was well above proposed regulatory thresholds.

About :
  • To calculate this, the organisation relied on the concept of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), a daily ceiling on the amount of salt, fat, carbohydrate and trans-fat.
  • The RDA is based on scientific consensus and has been agreed upon by expert bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad (in India).
  • It says that, ideally, an adult should consume not more than 5g of salt, 60g of fat, 300g carbohydrate and a couple of 0.2 g of transfat a day.
  • Further, the RDA from breakfast, lunch and dinner should not be more than 25% and that from snacks (assumed to be those munched between meals), must be no more than 10%. Thus, a snack should ideally haven't any quite 0.5g of salt and 6g of fat.

Source : The Hindu

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