Are dietary bioactives ready for recommended intakes?

P. Courtney Gaine, Douglas A. Balentine, John W. Erdman, Johanna T. Dwyer, Kathleen C. Ellwood, Frank B. Hu, Robert M. Russell

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Research has shown that numerous dietary bioactive components that are not considered essential may still be beneficial to health. The dietary reference intake (DRI) process has been applied to nonessential nutrients, such as fiber, yet the majority of bioactive components await a recommended intake. Despite a plethora of new research over the past several years on the health effects of bioactives, it is possible that the field may never reach a point where the current DRI framework is suitable for these food components. If bioactives are to move toward dietary guidance, they will likely require an alternative path to get there.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-541
Number of pages3
JournalAdvances in Nutrition
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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