In this chapter, you will learn about how nutrition guidelines and recommendations are created and how you can apply these guidelines to plan healthy meals. We can define a nutrient requirement as the amount of a nutrient needed to maintain health. Your nutrient requirements are based on your age, sex, general health status, physical activity level, and medication use. Some nutrients can be stored in the body but other nutrients are not stored and must be consumed on a more regular basis to prevent the development of a deficiency disease. In this chapter, you will be introduced to tools that can be used to help you plan a nutritionally adequate diet.
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