Learn to make healthier food choices by using the Nutrition Facts table on prepackaged foods. The % Daily Value is found in the Nutrition Facts table.
The % DV is a tool to help you see if a specific amount of food has a little or a lot of a nutrient.
In the Nutrition Facts table, there is a % DV for:
Fat, saturated and trans fats (combined), sodium, carbohydrate, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
Protein and sugars do not have a % DV.
The % DV for cholesterol is optional. This means food companies can choose to show the % DV for cholesterol if they want to.
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Food companies may also show % DV for some other optional nutrients. Read more +/-
The % DV is not meant to track your nutrient intake for the day. This is because some of the foods you eat, like vegetables, fruit and fresh meats, don't have a Nutrition Facts table.
The Daily Values for vitamins and minerals are based on the highest recommended intakes for each age and sex group, so they apply to most people aged 2 and over. They do not include extra needs for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In the Nutrition Facts table, the amount of each nutrient contained in the food product is divided by its Daily Value and then multiplied by 100.
For example, the Daily Value for iron is 14 mg. If in the Nutrition Facts table, a food product has 2 mg of iron, the % DV for iron would be 14%.
(2 mg ÷ 14 mg) × 100 = 14%.
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The % DVs shown in a Nutrition Facts table do not add up to 100%. Each vitamin and mineral in the Nutrition Facts table has its own Daily Value.
|The sum of saturated and trans fatty acids||20 g|
|Vitamin A||1000 RE|
|Vitamin C||60 mg|
Where: RE=retinol equivalents
Note: The Daily Values for vitamins and minerals are based on the 1983 Recommended Nutrient Intakes for Canadians and can be found in the Food and Drug regulations.
Note: The Daily Values for Fat, Carbohydrate and Protein are based on a 2000 calorie reference diet.