Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) are quite simply a good guide as to the amount of calories, sugar, fat, saturated fat and salt an average healthy person needs in order to have a healthy balanced diet. They help put the standard nutrition information you see on food labels into the context of your overall diet. GDAs are different for men, women and children. Individual requirements also vary depending on such factors as age, how active you are & if you are trying to lose weight.
GDAs for men, women and children.
The GDA panel shows the amount of calories, sugar, fat, saturates and salt contained in a serving and as a % of the GDA. The GDAs shown on pack are based on values for an 'average adult' of healthy weight and average activity level. These 'adult' values are based on GDAs for an average woman. So, while an active man will have higher GDAs and children will have lower GDAs, they are a good guide as to the amount of the different nutrients you should be eating every day.
For more information on GDAs go to www.gdaguide.ie