Learn More About the DRIs


Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) represent a new approach to assessing and planning diets for healthy individuals and groups, and have replaced the former Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). The DRIs are a more complete set of values which include:

See the Interactive DRI Glossary for detailed nutrient descriptions and terminology.

Below is a list of nutrients sorted by value type.

RDA Nutrients for age one and older:
RDA values are derived from EAR values; thus, EAR values are not listed separately.

Calcium
Carbohydrate
Copper
Folate
Iodine
Iron
Magnesium
Molybdenum
Niacin
Phosphorus
Protein (plus infants 7-12 months)
Riboflavin
Selenium
Thiamin
Vitamin A
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Zinc

AI Nutrients include:
All of the above for infants up to 12 months, plus protein (infants 0-6 months).

Protein (infants 0-6 months)

For age one and older:

Alpha-linolenic acid
Biotin
Chloride
Choline
Chromium
Fat (infants 0-12 months)
Fluoride
Linoleic acid
Manganese
Pantothenic Acid
Potassium
Sodium
Total fiber
Vitamin K
Water

UL Nutrients:
UL data is unavailable for infants 0-12 months, except for those nutrients followed by an asterisk.

Boron
Calcium*
Chloride
Choline
Copper
Folate
Fluoride*
Iodine
Iron*
Magnesium
Manganese
Molybdenum
Niacin
Nickel
Phosphorus
Selenium*
Sodium
Vitamin A*
Vitamin B6
Vitamin C
Vitamin D*
Vitamin E
Vanadium
Zinc*

Some nutrients may not have a UL due to lack of data of adverse effects in a particular age group and concern with regard to lack of ability to handle excess amounts. View the DRI Tables to review the RDA, AI, and UL values for each nutrient.

Used with permission from DRI: Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. (2006). Washington, DC: National Academies Press.