Value, Daily


Used as a reference point on food packages, the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient is the intake that most people on a 2000-calorie-a-day diet need to average for good health. For some nutrients (cholesterol, for example), the DV is an upper limit; for others (calcium, vitamin C), it's a minimum. Unlike Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and Adequate Intakes (AIs), Daily Values do not depend on age, sex, or reproductive statethey are the same for everyone. They are designed mainly to describe nutrient content in foods, not to prescribe nutrient intake for individuals.