When assessing a patient's nutritional requirements and later creating their meal plans and dietary recommendations is essential to know if those recommendations are effectively meeting that patient's needs.
It is with this in mind that professionals can now set and check dietary reference values for vitamins and minerals optimised for the UK population recommended by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).
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Why have we integrated these new recommendations
Although the recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Board/IOM can be applied to the general population, several nutrient recommendations have been set to specifically tackle the UK population requirements.
Our goal is to optimise the software so that professionals can deliver the best nutritional counselling, based on scientific and reliable recommendations, adapted to their patients.
What are Dietary Reference Values
According to the former Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA) and now Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) Dietary Reference Values (DRV) are used to cover the population requirements and have included a range of nutrient values:
- EAR - Estimated Average Requirements of a group of people for energy or protein or vitamins or mineral. About half will usually need more than the EAR, and half less
- LRNI - Lower Reference Nutrient Intake for protein or vitamin or mineral. An amount of the nutrient that is enough for only a few people in a group who have low needs.
- RNI - Reference Nutrient Intake for protein or a vitamin or mineral. An amount of the nutrient that is is enough, or more than enough, for about 97% of people in a group. If the average intake of a group is at RNI, then the risk of deficiency in the group is very small.
These values were developed to assess the populations' requirements, even though this information can be assumed to calculate individual requirements.
RNI for vitamins and minerals available in SACN's Dietary Reference Values for Food, Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom have been integrated according to different groups:
Where can you see these new recommendations?
In the section
Analysis, you can see the adequacy of your meal plan according to that patient requirements, depending on their age group and gender.
When putting together a meal plan the software calculates nutrients and minerals according to its foods' nutrient composition. Those values can be compared to their percentage of the Reference Nutrient Intake.
DRVs for fibre intake
In 2015 the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) updated their recommendations on fibre intake for the UK population.
Since there is strong evidence that dietary fibre is associated with lower risk of diseases and promotes general wellbeing, it became crucial that nutrition professionals take its consumption into account when giving dietary recommendations.
Planning section, you can quickly check what are the DRV for fibre intake for that patient according to the SACN recommendations and also customise it if needed in that case.
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We want to continue improving and adapting the software so that professionals based in the UK can have the right tools to provide the proper nutritional counselling.
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