What is a Daily Value?
The Daily Value is the amount of a nutrient the body needs based on a 2000-calorie diet for an average sized person. There are two standards that are referenced as follows: 1. Daily Reference Values 2. Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs), which replaced the term “U.S. RDA” (the values determined by FDA and used on food labels, taken from the “RDAs” which are values determined by the National Academy of Sciences for various populations groups). The Daily Value (or a RDA’s) is the amount of a nutrient that will satisfy the minimum basic requirement for function and avert a disease of deficiency (the Daily Values, are the values that will be seen on the labels). However, these values were never intended to imply a safe maximum amount of a vitamin you can take, amounts that can foster maximum vitality, or amounts that may give therapeutic benefits. While RDI levels may avert the body from becoming deficient they do not factor in depleted or deficient states that may lead to disease. The RDA should be viewed as a nutritional poverty line. It is unwise to consume less but it is not a guidance for maximum health.