Meaning of Nutrition Values

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Nutrition Definitions

When viewing health-related information on the daily diet - particularly nutrition labels, abbreviations are used to save space. You may see the following abbreviations commonly: DV, DRV, RDI, and RDA.

What do these nutrition abbreviations stand for? What do they mean? How are they defined and more importantly, why are they necessary? Can they assist me with weight loss?

Common Nutrition Abbreviations Found on Food Nutrition Labels

DVs (Daily Values): This term represents the combining of DRVs and RDIs or simply put the combining of Daily Reference Values of foods in our daily diets with the Referenced Daily Intakes.

DRVs (Daily Reference Values): A set of dietary references that applies to fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, protein, fiber, sodium, and potassium.

RDIs (Reference Daily Intakes): A set of dietary references based on the Recommended Dietary Allowances for essential vitamins and minerals and, in selected groups, protein.

RDAs (Recommended Dietary Allowances): A set of estimated nutrient allowances established by the National Academy of Sciences updated periodically to reflect current scientific knowledge.

The Importance of Nutrition in the Daily Diet

Nutrition labels provide the percentage of daily values of the package contents. The daily values of a food can assist the consumer in the area of nutritional benefits; by knowing the percentage of a food the consumer can balance their diet based on their recommended food intake.

However, more often than not, this information goes unnoticed by the consumer. Caloric content and serving size tend to take center stage; while calories control the number on our bath scales - foods lacking nutritional values to meet our daily nutritional requirements equals a body that is thin and in poor health.

For example, dieter Jane is a careful reader label when it comes to balancing her diet. She wants to ensure that she receives the most nutritional value from the foods she consumes while staying within her caloric needs for her current weight. She builds her daily diet on the Food Groups housed within the Food Pyramid and consumes 1,700 calories per day based on her nutritional needs.

Jill concentrates on caloric intake rather than nutritional values of foods. She also must keep her daily caloric intake at 1,700 calories in order not to gain weight.

Jill prefers to enjoy the foods that she likes rather than healthier options. Give her a cupcake any day over a plate of tuna and broccoli.

For breakfast she enjoys a cinnamon roll for 400 calories, for lunch she enjoys cheese nachos for 500 calories and a soda for 150 calories.

For dinner she enjoys a large slice of carrot cake and another soda for an additional 650 calories.

While her daily diet contains minimal nutrition, at least Jill's tummy and appetite are satisfied. However, her good health will not last forever if she continues to embrace foods that are not nutritionally balanced to meet her body's nutritional requirements.

 

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