Daily Intake Guide

What is the Daily Intake Guide?

The Daily Intake Guide or %DI is a set of reference values for an acceptable intake of nutrients including:

%DI is based on the recommended amounts of energy and nutrients needed for an average adult diet to meet their nutritional needs. The percentages are calculated based on the following figures:

Nutrient Reference Value used in %DI

Nutrient Average adult requirements
Energy 8700kJ
Protein 50 g
Fat 70 g
Saturated fatty acids 24 g
Carbohydrate 310 g
Sodium <2,300 mg
Sugars 90 g
Dietary fibre 30 g

As mentioned above, these figures are based on an average adult diet, you may need more or less than the above figures and this will vary based on your age, height, weight, sex and how much activity or exercise you do. 

How to use the Daily Intake Guide

Everyone has individual nutrient requirements depending on factors like gender, weight, age, pregnancy or lactation status, physical activity level and some medical conditions. There is no one set of recommendations that will suit every individual person. Daily Intake recommendations are based on what is recommended daily for the average adult and your actual needs might be lower or higher.

You can use %DI labels on food packaging to determine what a serve of a particular food actually is, and if eaten, what percentage of the average daily intake it would contribute to.  You can also use the %DI to compare similar products so that you can choose the foods that better meet your nutritional needs. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, you would choose the product with the lowest percent for energy, highest fibre and lowest saturated fat.

For more information, visit the Daily Intake Guide website.

Tick the box that most applies to you to find out if you need more or less:

You are a child You are elderly
You are pregnant You are breastfeeding
You are trying to lose weight You are trying to gain weight
You do more than an hour of exercise a day You don't do much exercise
You have a small frame You have a big frame

You can also assess your diet using the Healthy Eating Self-Assessment to see how your food intake compares to the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

For individualised advice on using the %DI or calculating the %DI to meet your nutritional needs, look no further than an Accredited Practising Dietitian .