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Calories, Calories From Fat and Percent Daily Values
This part of a food label provides calories per serving and calories that come from fat. If you need to know total number of calories you eat every day or number of calories that come from fat, this section provides that information. Remember that this part of label doesn't tell you whether you are eating saturated or unsaturated fat.
On right side of a food label, you'll see a column that lists percentages. These percentages refer to percent daily values (%DV). Percent daily values tell you how much of something, whether it's fat, sugar or vitamin A, one serving will give you compared to how much you need for entire day. It will help you gauge percentage of a nutrient requirement met by one serving of product. One way to use this section of label is when you comparison shop. For example, if you're concerned with sodium, you can look at two foods and choose food with lower % DV. Are you trying to eat a low-fat diet? Look for foods that have a lower percent daily value of fat.
The %DV is based on how much or how little of key nutrients you should eat whether you eat 2,000 or 2,500 calories a day. So if you eat a 2,000-calorie diet, you should eat less than 65 grams of fat in all foods you eat for day. If you're eating 12 grams of fat in your one serving of macaroni and cheese (remember that's one cup), you can calculate how much fat you have left for day. You can use bottom part of food label in white to compare what you are eating to % DV you're allowed for that nutrient, whether it's fat, sodium or fiber. If you need more or less than 2,000 or 2,500 calories, you'll need to adjust this accordingly.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.