Nutrition Myths

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, 2, 3)

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

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