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Old 12-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I am trying to create a custom food: the plain old centrum vitamin I am taking.

I enter the % ages into the food label and all looks fine- but when I click on the %RDA graph or the “Total nutrition chart” the %ages are entirely different. Checked twice, for most nutrition components they are definitely different from the food label.

e.g.

food label reads:
Vitamin D 100%
Vitamin B12 100%

The % RDA/AI Graph reads
Vitamin D: 10 200
Vitamin B12 250

Am I or the program are getting something here?

Thanks for your help,
Kyra
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Kyra,

I think this explains it better than I ever could:

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That is a great question and it confuses lots of people.

Essentially there is confusion around the "Daily Values" found on food labels and the RDA graphs in FitDay. The US government uses Daily Values for the values on a food label. These values are picked by the government to be useful without knowing the person's age and gender. FitDay takes those numbers and turns them into an amount ( for example 100% of Vitamin C becomes 60mg).

FitDay displays RDA charts in our reports.Your RDA for a nutrient is a different government standard that takes into account things like your age and gender. These are things that the label couldn't take into account. So while the DV was 100%, your personal RDA may be 110% because you need less due to your age and gender.

This can be confusing, but I hope this helps
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Thanks Vito! makes perfect sense.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Vito! makes perfect sense.
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Maybe for you. I had to read it a few times to really understand it.
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