Nutrients Without a %DV: Trans Fats,
Protein, and Sugars
Trans fat, sugars, and protein do not list a %DV (Daily Value) on
the Nutrition Facts label. Why?
Trans Fat: Experts say there is not enough information
known to say how much trans fat you can have each day. Research studies link
trans fat and saturated fat with raising blood LDL ("bad") cholesterol
levels, both of which raise your risk of coronary heart disease. Keep your
intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol as low as possible as part
of a nutritionally balanced diet.
Protein: Proteins play an important role in your growth and
the repair of your body tissues. A %DV needs to be listed if a claim is made
for protein, such as "high in protein." Otherwise, unless the food is
meant for use by those under 4 years old, no %DV is needed. Protein intake is
not thought of as a problem for those over 4 years of age.
Sugars: There are no recommendations for the total amount
of sugars you should eat in one day. The sugars listed on the Nutrition Facts
label include natural sugars (like those in fruit and milk) as well as those
added to a food or drink. If you are worried about getting too much sugar, make
sure that added sugars are not listed as one of the first few ingredients.
Other names for added sugars (caloric sweeteners) include: corn syrup,
high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose,
honey, and maple syrup.
To limit nutrients that have no %DV, like trans fats and sugars, compare the
labels of similar products and choose the foods with the lowest amount.