Tip of the Day
Vitamin and Mineral Label Lingo
When shopping for foods, do you ever wonder what claims such as an "excellent source of…" or "fortified with…" actually mean? The terms on the front of many food packages aren't just marketing lingo, they actually describe the amount of vitamins or minerals found in a single serving:
- "High," "Rich in," and "Excellent source of" means 20 percent or more of the Daily Value.
- "Good source," "Contains," and "Provides" means 10 to 19 percent of the Daily Value.
- “"More," "Enriched," "Fortified," and "Added" means 10 percent or more of the Daily Value.
Daily Values for nutrients are used primarily for food labeling for a quick comparison to daily recommendations. For specific amounts of the nutrients described, always check the Nutrition Facts on the label.
To learn how to read a Nutrition Facts Panel and label terms, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Nutrition Facts Panel and Food Labels page.
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Reviewed July 2013