EFSA Sets New Recommendations for Energy Intake

This scientific opinion by the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) follows opinions establishing Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) for other nutrients including carbohydrates and dietary fibre, fats, water and protein. The reference values aim to assist policy makers in the development and monitoring of nutritional programmes aimed at promoting public health.The NDA Panel defines energy requirement as the level of energy obtained from food that is needed to maintain body mass, growth and development, and also support a level of physical activity consistent with long-term robust health. Energy enters the diet in the form of carbohydrates, fats, protein and alcohol with some macronutrients containing more energy per gram than others.In Creme Nutrition® energy intakes can be examined across populations by means of a nutrient or energy intake assessment. Specific subpopulations such as age ranges, genders, regions as well as socio-economic demographic sectors can be analysed separately to understand energy intakes across different sections of a population.

Further refinements of the analysis of energy intakes can be obtained using the Limit Analysis and Custom Statistics features in Creme Nutrition®. Limit Analysis reports on the percentage of a population who are outside of certain ranges, for example outside of the recommended energy requirement ranges. Custom Statistics enables in-depth analysis of consumers who are outside of recommended ranges; for example understanding the consumers who may be at risk because they are outside of the range for energy requirements.

Written by Sandrine Pigat on January 18 2013

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