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Specific Identified Uses of Dietary Reference Standards

Use dietary reference standards to set military rations

Determine military rations based on adjusted dietary reference standards for field conditions—Nutritional Standards for Operational Rations

Develop nutrition education material for military personnel to counsel them how to meet required nutritional standards and how to avoid overconsumption

Use dietary reference standards to assess the adequacy of, and as a basis for, planning meals in institutional settings such as hospitals, dormitories, prisons, and nursing homes

Use epidemiological analyses relating nutrient intakes to health and nutritional status

Use dietary reference standards as reference points for deriving nutrient reference standards for food labels

Use dietary reference standards to communicate information on the nutrient content of foods

Use dietary reference standards as a basis for modifying menu plans for patient groups requiring therapeutic diets

Use dietary reference standards as benchmark for modifying the diets of individual patients requiring therapeutic diets

Use dietary reference standards as a basis for assessing the individual 's observed intake

Compare nutrient intakes of population subgroups with dietary reference standards to determine which nutrients are inadequately consumed; fortification may be mandated by government or voluntary by the food industry

Use by industry as a guide for developing new or modified food products

Compare nutrient intakes with dietary reference standards to identify the size and type of populations at risk from use of particular foods and food products; identify extreme and unusual patterns of intakes of foods, food ingredients, or food additives; and determine the need to enact or modify regulations



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