Section 1: Reference Intakes (previously Guideline Daily Amounts)

The term 'Guideline Daily Amount' (GDA) will be replaced with 'Reference Intake' (RI) however the principles behind how these values are determined remains the same.

This is the first time that the actual values will be set out in European law. RIs are given for all of the mandatory nutrients (below). However, unlike with GDAs where values existed for men, women and children, for simplicity there is now only one set of RIs (below).

Reference Intakes for energy and selected nutrients (adults)
Energy or nutrient Reference Intake
Energy 8400kJ / 2000kcal
Total fat 70 g
Saturates 20 g
Carbohydrates 260 g
Sugars 90 g
Protein 50 g
Salt 6 g

Although the RI values are for an 'adult', they are actually based on the requirements for an average female with no special dietary requirements and an assumed energy intake of 2000 kcal.

IMPORTANT: This information is a guide only and is not individual advice.