The nutritional requirements of infants. Towards EU alignment of reference values: the EURRECA network

M. Hermoso, G. Tabacchi, I. Iglesia-Altaba, S. Bel-Serrat, L.A. Moreno-Aznar, Y. Garcia-Santos, M. Del Rosario Garcia-Luzardo, B. Santana-Salguero, L. Pena-Quintana, L. Serra-Majem, V. Hall Moran, F. Dykes, T. Decsi, V. Benetou, M. Plada, A. Trichopoulou, M.M. Raats, E.L. Doets, C. Berti, I. CetinB. Koletzko

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This paper presents a review of the current knowledge regarding the macro- and micronutrient requirements of infants and discusses issues related to these requirements during the first year of life. The paper also reviews the current reference values used in European countries and the methodological approaches used to derive them by a sample of seven European and international authoritative committees from which background scientific reports are available. Throughout the paper, the main issues contributing to disparities in micronutrient reference values for infants are highlighted. The identification of these issues in relation to the specific physiological aspects of infants is important for informing future initiatives aimed at providing standardized approaches to overcome variability of micronutrient reference values across Europe for this age group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-83
JournalMaternal and Child Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • breast-fed infants
  • nutrient intake values
  • vitamin-d deficiency
  • espghan committee
  • human-milk
  • complementary foods
  • randomized intervention
  • cobalamin status
  • iron-deficiency
  • drinking-water

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