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Practicalities: understanding nutrient recommendations 

Practicalities: understanding nutrient recommendations
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Practicalities: understanding nutrient recommendations
Author(s):

Sir Peter Gluckman

, Mark Hanson

, Chong Yap Seng

, and Anne Bardsley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198722700.003.0003
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date: 18 August 2019

There has been much research in recent years on the nutritional requirements of mothers during pregnancy, as well as an increasing focus on the nutrition of women before conception. Because there has been much confusion with regards to some nutrients such as vitamin D, iron, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, the second section of this book contains specific advice, based on an in-depth interpretation of the current clinical and scientific literature, on macro- and micronutrient dietary components and their effects on pregnancy and lactation outcomes. This chapter provides an introduction for the subsequent chapters in this section by discussing the practicalities of understanding nutrient recommendations. The chapter also gives an overview of the terms used by various agencies to describe nutrient requirements. In addition, the chapter goes into detail about food labelling standards from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

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