Reference Intakes

We are all unique and each one of us has different requirements for the amount of each nutrient in our diet. Factors such as your age, gender and how active you are all affect how much of each nutrient you should have in your diet to stay fit and healthy

Reference Intakes (RIs) which were previously known as Guideline Daily Amount (GDA), are a great guide to how much energy and certain nutrients you need in your diet. The values are based on the nutrient requirements of an ‘average’ adult, so although your needs may be slightly different, they still give you a good idea of what is in the food you are eating. The values for adults are shown below (there are currently no RI values for children).

Remember that the RI values for sugars, fat, saturated fat and salt are all maximum levels- not recommended amounts. You can eat less than the RI for these nutrients and have a healthy diet. RI labels can be seen on the front of many food products and at Elior we also provide RI information for many of our dishes. RI labels can also be found on many pre-packaged drinks and snacks.

We believe that providing our customers with nutrition information helps them to see how a food fits into a balanced diet and enables them to tailor what they eat to meet their own individual needs. RI labels are quick and easy to read and provide, at a glance, the right information for us to make informed choices about what we eat.