How are Daily Values Calculated?
Many people see “% Daily Value” on nutrition labels and are confused by what it means. This percentage is based on a 2000 or 2500-calorie diet, which is supposed to be the average caloric intake for an American adult. If you consume fewer or more calories then your daily value percentage will increase or decrease accordingly. The nutrients that you want to keep your daily value percentages low in are total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The nutrients you want to reach 100% of your daily value include carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is important to reach these daily values by consuming a variety of foods, not just from a single food source. Common Claims You’ve probably noticed a lot of short statements on food packages. These are defined by specific claims that the government regulates. Here are some examples: What It Says What It Means Calorie Free Fewer than 5 calories per serving Light or Lite 1/3 fewer calories or no more than 1/2 the fat of the