Reference Intake Labelling
Reference Intakes (RIs) are derived from government dietary recommendations for the UK. They provide a guide to how much energy and nutrients we should consume each day for a healthy, balanced diet. They are not to be used as a target but as a guide, to help make balanced choices, as the exact nutrition needs of an individual vary depending on many factors including gender, age and activity levels.
RIs for kilojoules, kilocalories, sugars, fat, saturates and salt are provided on counter labels and food packaging as a daily guideline for healthy adults. Using RI guidelines can make it easier to put the nutritional content of your food into the context of your overall diet and can also be used to compare the nutritional values of different foods. This can be a big help when trying to make informed food choices for a healthy, balanced diet.
Reference Intakes refer to the nutrients listed on the front of food packaging, typically energy, macronutrients and salt. Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) also have their own reference values however these are called Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) and again they are a guide as to how much of each vitamin and mineral we should consume daily.
The table below shows the RIs and NRVs for the majority of nutrients: