It's really confusing out there as far as nutrition guidelines. In fact, it's enough to completely baffle anyone to follow every line item micro-nutrient. However, it's still important to understand the reason we have nutrition guidelines and what they take into account as far as your health.
Here's a Little History Lesson on Dietary Nutrient Guidelines:
RDA guidelines (good)
Since way back in 1941, The United States Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, (now the National Academy of Health and Medicine), has issued guidelines about nutrition intake. The first RDA guidelines (Recommended Daily Allowances) were set back when our soldiers were going off to war, but weren't as healthy as the government had hoped. At the time, the RDA levels were set at a point to ascertain what the minimum necessary level of each nutrient was. For example, the guideline for vitamin C was set at the level to avoid scurvy.
Most of the RDA's are considered to be way too low for most people. This is especially true in modern times because of the Standard American Diet and the stressful and hectic culture (which are both nutrient-depleting).
RDA was set just to prevent disease, and the levels were not something to aspire to. They were something to absolutely never fall below.
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