An adequate diet is one which meets in full all the nutritional needs of the person. These needs are set forth for infants, children, boys, girls, men, and women in the report1 entitled Recommended Dietary Allowances. The data in this report are based on an exhaustive review of all of the research and other information available up to the time of its publication in 1958. These data are considered to provide the basis for a fully adequate diet for all normal persons as is indicated by the following quotation:
These allowances are designed to maintain good nutrition in healthy persons in the United States under current conditions of living and to cover nearly all variations of requirements for nutrients in the population at large. They are meant to afford a margin of sufficiency above minimal requirements and are, therefore, planned to provide a buffer against the added needs of
Maynard LA. AN ADEQUATE DIET. JAMA. 1959;170(4):457–458. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010040003014
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