MANILA, Aug. 8 (PIA) — Is your diet adequate in essential nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals? One of the essential nutrients usually lacking in the Filipino diet is calcium.
Most of us, if not all, know that calcium is important because it keeps the body alive by performing numerous functions including building and maintaining healthy bones and strong teeth.
Calcium also helps in regulating blood clotting, transmitting nerve impulses, muscle flexing and heartbeat regulation.
Ninety-nine percent (99%) of calcium in the body is stored in the bones and teeth, while the remaining one percent is found in the blood and other tissues.
The Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI), 2015 is the nutrition standard you can use to know the adequacy and inadequacy of your diet.
The PDRI is a new set of multi-level standards where the Recommended Energy/Nutrient Intake (REI/RNI) is one of the components.
Recommended Energy/Nutrient Intake (REI/RNI) is the level of intake of energy or nutrient which is considered adequate for the maintenance of health and well-being of healthy persons in the population.
Adequate Intake (AI) is the daily nutrient intake level that is based on observed or experimentally-determined approximation of the average nutrient intake by a group (groups) of apparently healthy people that is assumed to sustain a defined nutritional state.
Below is the table on recommended calcium intakes per day based on the PDRI, 2015.