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Does Calcium Daily Value Goal Reflect my Age? Susanruthm05 — Jul 19, 2019 11:32AM PDT

Does the Calcium Daily Value Goal of 100% reflect my age? I know the DV for Calcium of 100% is based on a 2000 calorie diet for a healthy adult. For most adults, this equates to 1000 mg. Calcium/day. For post menopausal women, this equates to 1200 mg. per day. Is there a certain age at which the daily value in MFP is increased to 1200 mg. per day for women?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 19, 2019 03:56PM PDT

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. For foods labeled in the United States, your Daily Value percentages have been based on a “2,000 calorie diet for a healthy adult.” These percentages were recommended by the USDA, and were not that easy to understand actual numbers.

However, the USDA is currently changing the percent value to be an actual number and they have a great resource page which explains the breakdown. You can find that information here:

If you’d like to read more about the percentage breakdowns, please see:

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

Please remember this is based from a “2,000 calorie diet for a healthy adult.” Your best recommendation is to consult with a doctor or nutritionist to find the values that work best for you.

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 log in information 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.

Please let us know if you have any other problems or questions. We wish you all the success in reaching and maintaining all of your diet and fitness goals.

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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