Label Reading - How to Use % Daily Value

Learn how to use Percent Daily Value (% DV) on food labels.

 Percent Daily Value is a tool to help you find healthier foods for you and your family.

Use % DV to find out if a food has a little or a lot of a specific nutrient.

  • 5% DV or less means a little

  • 15% DV or more means a lot

Nutrients you want less of
  • Saturated fat
  • Trans fat
  • sodium
Nutrients you want more of
  • Fibre
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
 Happy Label Reading!

Shannon RD
Registered Dietitian