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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Nutrition Labels

Use % Daily Value to find out if there is a little or a lot of a nutrient in one serving of a packaged food.

What is % Daily Value?
% Daily Value puts nutrients on a scale from 0% to 100%. This scale tells you if there is a little or a lot of a nutrient in one serving of a packaged food.

What is a little and what is a lot?
Let’s look at the % Daily Value on the Nutrition Facts table for this package of vegetables:

  • One serving has 5% Daily Value for carbohydrate. This is a little because it is low on the scale.
  • One serving has 40% Daily Value for Vitamin A. This is a lot because it is high on the scale.

Make healthy food choices by using % Daily Value.

© 2007 Canadian Diabetes Association and Dietitians of Canada.