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Where does the daily recommended amount on a food label come from?

Recommended daily value

The daily recommended amounts of fat, cholesterol, sodium, and carbohydrates is based on factors that have been scientifically shown to promote health and lower risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

For example:

A diet high in sodium can increase the risk of high blood pressure.
Therefore, the daily recommended amount of sodium is less than 2,400 mg.

A diet high in fat can increase the risk of heart disease.
Therefore, the daily recommended amount of fat on a 2,000 calorie diet is less than 65 grams of total fat and less than 20 grams of saturated fat.

A diet high in cholesterol may increase the risk of heart disease.
Therefore, the daily recommended amount of cholesterol on a 2,000 calorie diet is less than 300mg.




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