Developing Dietary Reference Intakes Based on Chronic Disease – New Report August 3

Dietary reference intakes (DRIs) are a set of reference intake values for more than 40 nutrients and food substances, specified on the basis of age, sex, and life stage.  DRIs have been established for different nutrients by expert committees convened by the National Academies and are a tool for nutrition professionals for use in assessing dietary intake and planning diets for individuals and groups, as well as for establishing nutrition policy.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines ways to examine the extent to which specific levels of nutrients or other food substances (NOFSs) can ameliorate the risk of chronic disease and recommends guiding principles for including chronic disease endpoints for NOFSs that will be used by future National Academies committees to develop DRIs.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 3.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Guiding Principles for Developing Dietary Reference Intakes Based on Chronic Disease will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 2.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 3.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on Twitter using #DRIchronicdisease.