The asterisk (*) following the heading “% Daily Value” on the Nutrition Facts Label refers to the standard footnote at the bottom of all labels, which specifies that some of the %DVs are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet
. A 2,000 calorie daily diet is often used as the basis for general nutrition advice; however, your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Calorie needs vary according to age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level. Check your calorie needs at http://www.choosemyplate.gov
Daily Value Recommendations
If there is enough space available on the food package, the footnote on the Nutrition Facts Label will also list the Daily Values for some key nutrients
. These are given for both a 2,000 and 2,500 calorie daily diet. This section also includes goals
regarding how much or how little of a nutrient to aim for in your daily diet. The Daily Values for some nutrients are different for a 2,000 or 2,500 calorie diet, while others (cholesterol and sodium) remain the same for both calorie amounts.