The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Calcium Recommendations Quality and Function

Calcium recommendations quality and function

Nutrient reference intakes are used across the world to ensure sufficient intakes of nutrients for general good health. This review describes the history and rationale behind dietary reference intake values and explains how the various values that constitute the dietary reference intake should be interpreted. In many countries worldwide, a daily intake of 800–1300 mg calcium is recommended across various life stages and the review briefly describes how this recommendation is derived. Although the reference values for calcium are based on the current understanding of the biological needs for the nutrient in a North American population, evidence shows that African American and black South Africans are more efficient at conserving calcium than people of European descent. With approximately 300 mg calcium per serving, three servings of dairy per day should therefore be adequate to meet the calcium needs of most South Africans to support good health and maintain skeletal strength

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