recommended daily intake
- The amounts of vitamins, minerals and other micro-nutrients (sometimes fat, fibre, carbohydrate and protein) that the government recommends people take in their food or otherwise every day. They tend to be set so as to avoid ill health rather than to promote optimum health and are not related to body weight, age, physical activity, type of work, state of health, etc. Most can be exceeded with safety. The amount of vitamins and some micro-nutrients that remain in food depends on its age, storage conditions and cooking methods.