Daily value

Daily Values (DV) developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently used on food and dietary supplement labels to indicate consumers the approximate amount of nutrients per standard serving. It is one value per adult which does not take into account age or gender.
DV values are based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.

The current DVs are based on out-dated RDAs from 1968 set by National Academy of Sciences. (1)U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Daily values. Available here. (2)FDA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide. Available here. (3)Higdon J, Drake VJ. An evidence-based approach to vitamins and minerals. 2nd edition. Thieme. 2012. (4)Multivitamin/mineral supplements. Oregon State University. Micronutrient Information Center. Available here.

The food labels actually provide the %DV so that customers can know what percentage a serving of the product contributes to reaching the DV for a particular nutrient.

NOTE: Food nutrition information tables on this website are based on more up to date and accurate RDAs which distinguish between gender and age.

% DV – Percent Daily Value
Value of 10% or less is considered as low source
Value of 10-20% is considered as good source
Value of 20% or more is considered as excellent source

References   [ + ]

1. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Daily values. Available here.
2. FDA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide. Available here.
3. Higdon J, Drake VJ. An evidence-based approach to vitamins and minerals. 2nd edition. Thieme. 2012.
4. Multivitamin/mineral supplements. Oregon State University. Micronutrient Information Center. Available here.

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