Nutrition Facts % Daily Value: The Meaning of Percentages

Nutrient percentages from Nutrition Facts help us understand if the food is rich or poor in nutrients. FDA defines nutrient amounts used as 100% of Daily Value on food label:

Nutrient Daily Value
(original)
Daily Value
New Label
Total Fat 65 g ↑78 g
Carbs 300 g 275g↓
Protein 50 g same
Common Nutrients
Sat Fat 20 g same
Cholesterol 300 mg same
Sodium 2400 mg 2300 mg↓
Dietary Fiber 25 g ↑28 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A 5000 IU (1500 mcg) 3000 IU (900 mcg)↓
Vitamin C 60 mg ↑90 mg
Vitamin D 400 IU (10 mcg) ↑800 IU (20 mcg)
Vitamin E 30 IU (20 mg) 22.4 IU (15 mg)↓
Vitamin K 80 mcg ↑120 mcg
Thiamin 1.5 mg 1.2 mg↓
Riboflavin 1.7 mg 1.3 mg↓
Niacin 20 mg 16 mg↓
Vitamin B6 2 mg 1.7 mg↓
Folate 400 mcg same
Vitamin B12 6 mcg 2.4 mcg↓
Pantothenic Acid 10 mg 5 mg↓
Minerals
Calcium 1000 mg ↑1300 mg
Iron 18 mg same
Potassium 3500 mg ↑4,700 mg
Phosphorus 1000 mg ↑1250 mg
Magnesium 400 mg ↑420 mg
Zinc 15 mg 11 mg↓
Selenium 70 mcg 55 mcg↓
Copper 2 mg 0.9 mg↓
Manganese 2 mg ↑2.3 mg

 

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