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6 Things You Should Know About Recommended Dietary Allowance For Your Toddler

For 2–5 year old kids

One of the common terms that appear in articles and blog posts related to nutrition is Recommended Dietary Allowance or RDA. Ever wondered what it means?

RDA refers to the ideal amount of nutrients your baby needs every day for healthy growth and development. In some cases, RDA may also be referred to as Recommended Dietary Intake. Here are a few things you need to know about RDA and the ideal diet for kids.

  • 1

    RDA is decided by ICMR

    The RDA in India is determined by the Indian Council of Medical Research in Hyderabad. The values for RDA may differ from country to country. In India, the ICMR sets the ideal RDA for Indian infants, children and adults.

  • 2

    The RDA differs from person to person based on activity levels

    A number of aspects are considered while determining the RDA for infants. It includes activity levels, dietary traditions, dietary practices, margin of safety, etc.

  • 3

    RDA can be met by a well-balanced diet

    To meet the RDA, your toddler’s diet should contain a mix of whole grains, pulses, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, milk and dairy products, chicken, fish and healthy oils and fats.

  • 4

    Infant RDA (per kg body weight) may be higher than RDA for adults

    An infant grows at a much faster rate than adults. Hence, they may need higher amounts of certain nutrients when calculated per kg body weight.

  • 5

    Infants need nutrient dense food

    Infants have a tiny stomach but their calorific needs are quite high. Hence, they need nutrient-dense food to reach their ideal nutritional intake.

  • 6

    Dietary guidelines for toddlers

    Toddlers need 1060kCal each day. This should include a mix of fats, protein, carbs, minerals and vitamins. The ideal RDA for toddlers of the age group of 1-3 year olds should contain:

    • Protein: 16.7 grams
    • Fats: 27 grams
    • Calcium: 600mg
    • Iron: 9mg
    • Thiamine: 0.5 mg
    • Riboflavin: 0.6mg
    • Niacin:8mg
    • Pyridoxine: 0.9mg
    • Vitamin A: 400µg as retinol or 3200 µg as β-carotene
    • Vitamin C: 40mg
    • Folate: 80 µg
    • Vitamin B12: 0.2-1 µg
    • Magnesium: 50mg
    • Zinc: 5mg

As mothers, it is natural to get nervous when it comes to understanding about your toddler’s nutrient requirements. However, knowing about RDA can help you calm your jitters and take care of your little one in a much easier manner.