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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category : CONVICTIONS, CLINICAL EVIDENCE | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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EFSA published 2 scientific reports prepared by the University of East Anglia from Norwich (UK) in order to identify health outcomes upon which Dietary Reference Values could potentially be based for 6 minerals: magnesium, potassium, fluoride, chromium, manganese and molybdenum. The systematic searches and reviews were performed using databases Medline, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library Central. Here there are the selected inclusion/exclusion criteria:

– Data published in the English language from 1990 onwards
– Human studies conducted in generally healthy populations
– Studies which examined the relationship between micronutrient intake, status, and/or health
– Studies which were relevant to micronutrient intakes within the normal dietary/physiological range

Overall, the majority of studies identified were assessed as being at risk of bias. In addition, data were limited for the elderly, adolescents and children, with the exception of fluoride studies addressing tooth health. Thus, according to the results, the DRVs could not be established for these minerals. Relevant new data are therefore expected in order to conclude on this subject. Once again it is therefore surprising that, although these studies are biased and cannot be used to establish the VNRs, health claims are authorized for these minerals and can be used with only 15% of the RDAs!

References : Brown T., Mullee A., Collings R., Harvey L., Hooper L. and Fairweather-Tait S. Preparation of an evidence report identifying health outcomes upon which Dietary Reference Values could potentially be based for magnesium, potassium and fluoride. Scientific report submitted to EFSA. Accepted for publication on 14 May 2012.Mullee A., Brown T., Collings R., Harvey L., Hooper L. and Fairweather-Tait S. Preparation of an evidence report identifying health outcomes upon which Dietary Reference Values could potentially be based for chromium, manganese and molybdenum. Scientific report submitted to EFSA. Accepted for publication on 14 May 2012.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Category : NEWS, nutritional profiles | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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After having provided guidance on dietary reference values (DRV) of fats, carbohydrates, fibre and water, EFSA published a scientific opinion on protein intake after extensive consultation with Member States, the scientific community and other. These DRV establish optimum intakes of nutrients in a balanced diet which when part of an overall healthy lifestyle, contribute to good health.

Indeed, EFSA has been asked by the European Commission to review and update the reference values for nutrient and energy intakes established in 1993 by the Scientific Committee on Food. In doing so EFSA is taking into account new scientific evidence and recent recommendations issued at national and at international level. This will permit to provide comprehensive nutrition guidelines, for example for food labelling and for setting public health targets in Europe.

Find these scientific opinions on the EFSA website. For more information contact our experts.

www.efsa.europa.eu