Navigation Links
%DV: Adding Up a Balanced Diet
Date:5/19/2008

WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's important to choose foods wisely in order to eat a healthy, balanced diet. But how? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers help. And it's right on the packages!

Checking the Nutrition Facts Label on products has, for many, become a regular part of shopping. If you want to make your calories count, "calories" may be the first thing you look for. Calories per serving is easy to understand. The more calories you eat, the more calories you need to burn off to maintain your weight. But what are those numbers on the right - the % Daily Value (DV)? The DVs are reference values used to assist consumers in understanding how nutrients fit into the context of the total daily diet. The %DV is also an easy way to tell whether a food is high or low in certain nutrients.

Nutrients include vitamins A and C, calcium, fiber, and iron. But, fat, cholesterol and sodium are also nutrients. Getting enough of many nutrients may improve your health, but eating too much of a nutrient such as fat or cholesterol may increase your risk of certain diseases. So which foods are high or low in which nutrients per labeled serving? That's where the %DV comes in. The Quick Guide: 5% DV or less is "low" -- 20% DV or more is "high." So how does it help you make healthy choices?

1. To compare one food or brand to another. If your physician says increase your calcium intake, you'll know a product is high in calcium if the %DV is 20% or more. If you're watching your cholesterol level, choose foods with a low %DV for saturated and/or trans fat.

2. To evaluate claims of "light," "reduced fat" or "nonfat." Find the %DV for total fat in the product. Use the Quick Guide to test the claim.

3. To make dietary "trade-offs." If a food you really like to eat for dinner is high in fat, do. Just make sure to balance it with foods lower in fat at other times during the day.

For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.cfsan.fda.gov and click on Nutrition Facts Label brochure.

*The % DV listings are based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. Nutrient listings are based on 100% of a reference value. You may need more or less but the %DV is still a helpful gauge.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safetyand
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Adding epratuzumab to standard therapy
2. Adding ultrasound screening to mammography brings benefits, risks
3. Freeland, MI Woman Wins $50,000 for Losing Weight, Adding Muscle and Changing Her Life
4. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Users now can include Telephony and Call Recording features by adding ConversationPRO(TM) from VoiceGate, a Division of IgeaCare Systems Inc.
5. Coalition to Protect Floridas Drivers Applauds Governor Crist for Adding PIP to Special Session
6. MemorialCare Joins Forces with Physician Partners to Advocate for a Balanced, Fiscally Responsible Healthcare System
7. Introducing New Wellness(R) CORE(TM) Dog Ocean Formula - The Most Balanced Fish-Based Grain-Free Diet Available
8. Decision-makers seek internal balance, not balanced alternatives
9. A chocolate cookie a day puts 20 pounds on an energetically-balanced kid in 4 years
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing Effect ... a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice Levels to ... ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX users ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from ... at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center ... care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , ... Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , ... our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter ... bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone ... physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If ... at my other children and say he was going to kill them. If we ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on the ... announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized ... has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor ... the third quarter of 2016, and to report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... RIDGE, Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS ... of students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship ... The 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at ... to let type 1 diabetes stand in the way ... Diabetes has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Pa. , June 23, 2016 The ... in an outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 ... 6 hours per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation ... a patient, but especially grueling for patients who are ... of a skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: