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Percent Daily Values (% DV)
The Percent Daily Values (% DV) on the Nutrition Facts Label are a general guide to help you measure the nutrients in one serving of food. This information lets you see each food's contribution of nutrients to your child's overall daily diet. It tells how much of a certain nutrient a person will get from eating one serving of that food. For example, if a serving of food has 15% daily value of calcium , then that serving of food is providing 15% of the daily calcium needs for someone who needs 2000 calories a day.
Keep in mind that the daily values found on Nutrition Facts Labels are based upon consuming an average diet of 2,000 calories per day. The actual Daily Value for your required calorie level may be different than what is on the label. (Go to http://www.choosemyplate.gov for more information about your specific daily calorie needs.)
- If a food has 5% or less of a nutrient, it's considered to be low in that nutrient.
- If it has 20% or more, it's considered to be high in that nutrient.
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