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What are Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs)?

Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) is a at-a-glance label that tells you how many calories and how much sugar, fat, saturated fat and sodium there are in what you're about to eat. It can help us to decide what we should be eating, and this makes planning a healthy balanced diet much easier.

How can I use GDAs to plan a healthier diet?
An average adult needs about 2000 calories a day. Each serving of this beverage provides 87kcal, only 4% of an adult’s daily needs. That means you would have to eat other foods to get the 100% of the calories needed each day.

If, on the other hand, it is sugar intake you are keeping an eye on, rest of your meals in the day should not provide more than 77.6g of sugar.

 

Good to remember:
GDAs are guidelines, so we should use them as a guide, not a target. As a guide, we should try to eat around the amount of recommended calories and eat no more than GDAs for sugars, fat, saturated fat and sodium. The tip is be aware of what you are eating and try to balance things out throughout the day.


Can I use the same GDAs for everyone?
Guideline Daily Amounts are based on the recommendations for an average adult with healthy weight and average activity level. But, of course, the caloric requirements for men and women are different ? so they also have different GDAs for some nutrients.

To keep things simple, however, rather than using two sets of figures on every label, GDAs for women are used on packaging. This is shown as the 'adult' GDA on packaging. That way, if you're a man, you know you'll definitely be well within all of your GDAs.


GDAs for Children
Children have different needs to adults, so they have different GDAs too. These are listed below and are based on an average child aged between 5 and 10.

The important thing to remember is that GDAs are a guide. Use it to give yourself a good idea of what you're eating and to help you decide what's right for you.

Take a look at the table below to find out more about GDAs for specific groups:

  Calories Sugars Fat Saturated Fat Sodium
Adult 2000 90g 70g 20g 2400mg
Children 1800 85g 70g 20g 1400mg