The nutrient problem

Robert P. Heaney

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Nutrient intake recommendations, unlike hormone replacement standards, are based empirically, rather than physiologically, i.e., they lack an a priori normal referent. Randomized controlled trials do not provide the needed referent and are unlikely to distinguish between fully normal and various suboptimal nutritional states. Several alternative approaches, each providing an a priori normal, are described and briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalNutrition Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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