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

Maria Hermoso, Garden Tabacchi, Iris Iglesia-Altaba, Silvia Bel-Serrat, Luis A. Moreno-Aznar, Yurena García-Santos, Ma del Rosario García-Luzardo, Beatriz Santana-Salguero, Luis Peña-Quintana, Lluis Serra-Majem, Victoria Hall Moran, Fiona Dykes, Tamás Decsi, Vassiliki Benetou, Maria Plada, Antonia Trichopoulou, Monique M. Raats, Esmée L. Doets, Cristiana Berti, Irene CetinBerthold 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
Number of pages29
JournalMaternal and Child Nutrition
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2010



  • Infants
  • Nutrient intake values
  • Nutrient recommendations
  • Nutrient requirements
  • Recommended intakes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Hermoso, M., Tabacchi, G., Iglesia-Altaba, I., Bel-Serrat, S., Moreno-Aznar, L. A., García-Santos, Y., García-Luzardo, M. D. R., Santana-Salguero, B., Peña-Quintana, L., Serra-Majem, L., Moran, V. H., Dykes, F., Decsi, T., Benetou, V., Plada, M., Trichopoulou, A., Raats, M. M., Doets, E. L., Berti, C., ... Koletzko, B. (2010). The nutritional requirements of infants. Towards EU alignment of reference values: The EURRECA network. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 6(SUPPL. 2), 55-83.