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What is daily value (DV)?

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
The reference number Daily Value (DV), developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is designed to help consumers determine if a food contains a lot or a little of a specific nutrient. DVs don't take your age, sex, or various other factors into account. They're based on the highest daily allowance value and are presented as percentages calculated for a person eating 2,000 to 2,500 calories a day -- a diet that supplies more energy than many inactive people need for maintaining a healthy weight.

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