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What are daily nutritional values listed on food labels?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
Daily values are standard values developed by the Food and Drug Administration for use on food labels. They are standards used to compare the amount of a nutrient in a food to the amount that is recommended per day, but are based on a 2,000-calorie diet which may not apply to everyone. This is just a base and you should keep in mind that your daily caloric intake may be more or less than 2000.

Whether you require more or less of that many calories, you can still look at these values to see if a particular food is high or low in a nutrient you are interested in. For example, if a label has 25 percent of the daily value for fat, this means that you are about to take in a whopping 25% of your fat requirement with one food item. It is best to spread out your fat intake throughout your meals.

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