Monday, November 5, 2007

Percent of Daily Value

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Q. Glen,What does Percent of Daily Value mean on food labels

A. Food labels list percentages that are based on recommended daily allowances — meaning the amount of nutrients a person should get each day. These numbers tell you the Percent Daily Value (DV) that one serving of this food provides as a percentage of established standards. For example, a label may show that a serving of the food provides 30 percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber. This means you still need another 70 percent to meet the recommended goal. Percent DV is based on a 2,000-calorie diet for adults older than 18.

Nutrition experts recommend limiting total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium in your diet, so choose foods with a lower Percent DV for these nutrients. Eat more foods with a higher Percent Daily Value for vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Using Percent Daily Values can help you compare similar foods in order to help determine what foods are higher in nutrients.

Reference values for nutrition labeling: How much should you get each day?
Nutrient Amount for men /day Amount for women/day
Biotin 30 micrograms (mcg) 30 micrograms (mcg)
Calcium 1,000-1,200 milligrams (mg) 1,000-1,200 milligrams (mg)
Chloride 1,800-2,300 mg 1,800-2,300 mg
Chromium 30-35 mcg 20-25 mcg
Choline 550 mg 425 mg
Copper 900 mcg 900 mcg
Fluoride 4 mg 3 mg
Folic acid 400 mcg 400 mcg
Iodine 150 mcg 150 mcg
Iron 8 mg 8-18 mg
Magnesium 400-420 mg 310-320 mg
Manganese 2.3 mg 1.8 mg
Molybdenum 45 mcg 45 mcg
Niacin 16 mg 14 mg
Pantothenic acid 5 mg 5 mg
Phosphorus 700 mg 700 mg
Protein 56 grams (g) 46 grams (g)
Riboflavin 1.3 mg 1.1 mg
Selenium 55 mcg 55 mcg
Thiamin 1.2 mg 1.1 mg
Vitamin A 900 mcg 700 mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.4 mcg 2.4 mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.3-1.7 mg 1.3-1.5 mg
Vitamin C 90 mg 75 mg
Vitamin D 5-15 mcg or 200-400 international units (IU) 5-15 mcg or 200-400 international units (IU)
Vitamin E 15 mg or 22.5 IU 15 mg or 22.5 IU
Vitamin K 120 mcg 90 mcg
Zinc 11 mg 8 mg
Reference values for nutrition labeling: How much should you get each day?
Nutrient Amount for men and women
Total fat Less than 65 grams (g)
Saturated fat Less than 20 g
Trans fat Less than 2 g
Cholesterol Less than 300 milligrams (mg)
Total carbohydrate At least 130 g
Fiber At least 25 g
Sodium Between 1,500 and 2,400 mg
Potassium At least 4,700 mg

Sources: Dietary Reference Intakes National Academy of Sciences, 2007; Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 2007; Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2006; American Heart Association, 2007

Any personal health questions or problems mental or physical or before starting any diet or exercise program. Please consult your physician !

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