The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is found on the food label, but what is it and what is it for?

When we talk about both vitamins and minerals (and also other essential nutrients for our body, and therefore for our own health), it is very important to refer to the so-called  Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). In fact, it is common to find it on the labels of all foods.

As its name suggests, the RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance indicates the amount of a certain nutrient (for example a vitamin or mineral) that a healthy person should eat on average each day. And this can only be possible through following a diet that is as varied, healthy and balanced as possible, which helps to generally maintain a good state of health (as long as it is accompanied by a healthy lifestyle).

We must take into account that each nutrient fulfills certain functions in our body, hence they are not consumed daily on a regular basis, some deficits may occur, and influence our health.

As regards the regulations that regulate the Recommended Daily Amount, it is regulated by the different international organizations, which are always based on scientific criteria.

In the case of our country, it is first of all the European Union that is in charge of establishing the food regulation, while later each country (in our case Spain) includes these recommended amounts in its legal system.

To be more precise, in our country a classification is established on those nutrients that must be included in the food labeling, dividing them into vitamins and minerals, and at the same time the Recommended Daily Amount is specified for each of them.


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