What is the Recommended Daily Amount?

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 well-known Recommended daily allowance ( CDR). In fact, it is common to find it on the labels of all foods.

As its name indicates, the CDR or Recommended Daily Amount indicates the amount of a certain nutrient (for example a vitamin or a mineral), that a healthy person should consume on average every day. And this can only be possible through following a diet as varied, healthy and balanced as possible, which helps maintain generally a good health (provided it is accompanied with a healthy lifestyle).

We must bear in mind that each nutrient fulfills certain functions in our organism, that is why daily deficits are not consumed on a regular basis, and can influence our health.

With regard to 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 responsible for establishing the regulation on food, while then each country (in our case Spain) includes these amounts recommended in its legal system.

To be more precise, in our country a classification is established on those nutrients that must be included in the labeling of foods, dividing into vitamins and minerals, and in turn, the Recommended Daily Quantity is specified for each one of them.

If you want to learn more about the related regulations in Spain you can read Royal Decree 1487/2009, of September 26, regarding food supplements.

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Recommended Daily Intake Values (July 2022)