TABLE 5-3 Proposed Units of Quantity for Nutrients

Nutrient

Current Unit

Proposed Unit

Comment

Change needed

Vitamin A

IU

μg RAE

DRI unit is RAE; carotenes will provide the sole source of vitamin A for vegans (show RAE in footnote)

Vitamin D

IU

μg

DRI unit is μg

Vitamin E

IU

mg

DRI unit is mg; the amount shown should be α-tocopherol

Folate

mg

μg DFE

Because fortified foods contain folic acid, this form should be converted to food folate using DFE calculation (show DFE in footnote)

Choline

 

mg

AI unit is mg, but UL unit is g

Copper

mg

μg

DRI unit is μg

No change needed

Vitamin K

mg

 

 

Thiamin

mg

 

 

Riboflavin

mg

 

 

Niacin

mg

 

Although NE is the DRI unit, the label should only refer to preformed niacin

Vitamin B6

mg

 

 

Vitamin B12

mg

 

 

Biotin

mg

 

 

Pantothenic acid

mg

 

Shorten name to pantothenate

Vitamin C

mg

 

 

Calcium

mg

 

 

Magnesium

mg

 

 

Phosphorus

mg

 

 

Fluoride

mg

 

 

Chromium

mg

 

 

Iodine

mg

 

 

Iron

mg

 

 

Manganese

mg

 

 

Molybdenum

mg

 

 

Zinc

mg

 

 

Potential change unknown

Sodium

mg

 

Units may change pending release of the DRI report on electrolytes

Potassium

mg

 

Units may change pending release of the DRI report on electrolytes

Chloride

mg

 

Units may change pending release of the DRI report on electrolytes

NOTE: IU = international units, RAE = retinol activity equivalents, DRI = Dietary Reference Intake, DFE = dietary folate equivalents, AI = Adequate Intake, UL = Tolerable Upper Intake Level, NE = niacin equivalents.



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