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Calculations hillmike56 — Dec 11, 2016 04:10AM PST

What is the math equation that you use to calculate the %settings for Micronutrients?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Dec 11, 2016 11:59AM PST

Hey thanks for posting your question. This is not such an easy question to answer, as food values in our database, whether added by our staff or by other users, are created based on the food packaging labels for those products.

At least for foods labeled in the United States, your Daily Value percentages are based on a “2,000 calorie diet for a healthy adult.” Since these are based on a percentage for the day, recommended by the USDA, there is not currently a defined number for that percentage.

The best source for understanding this percentage can be found here.

You may also review some recent changes to the nutritional goals we assign to your profile here.

If you know your daily needs are higher than the recommended value presented on standard food labels, or those recommended by our program, you can adjust your goal to a different percentage than “100%” of the recommended value.

To customize your targets, log into your account on our website at Sign into the members log in area by clicking the blue “login” link, using the same username and password that you use to log into the app. Once you’ve logged in, go to “My Home”, then “Goals”, then hit the “Change Goals” button at the bottom of the page. Choose the “Custom” option and you’ll be taken to a page where you can set your own targets for all of the nutrients we track.

Once you’ve saved your changes, those same changes will appear in the app the next time the app syncs to the website – this should happen automatically with a valid internet connection.

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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