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What does “% Daily Value” mean on a food label?

Percent daily value
The % Daily Value is the percentage of a nutrient that one serving of the product contributes toward the daily recommended amount.

For example:

There is 1 gram of fiber in one serving of this product.One gram of fiber provides 4% of the daily recommended amount of fiber.% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • If you eat less than 2,000 calories a day, this product will contribute more than 4% of fiber toward the daily recommended amount.
  • If you eat more than 2,000 calories, this product will contribute less than 4% of fiber toward the daily recommended amount.

You can see here that the daily recommended amount of fiber is 25g on a 2,000 calorie diet. This part of the food label is shown if there is room on of the package.

Source:
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)



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