Maybe I don’t understand product labelling. Maybe I don’t understand the Recommended Daily Allowance system. If I don’t, I would sure appreciate some enlightenment.
But it seems to me that the percentages listed on labels represent just what they say: a person will get such-and-such percent of vitamin/nutrient so-and-so that is needed in a whole day (based on a 2000 calorie diet, of course)
Total cereal, according to its label, gives people who take in 2000 calories per day 100% of Vitamins C, E, B[sub]6[/sub], and B[sub]12[/sub], along with calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid (whatever that is), and zinc. Once you add milk to the cereal, you actually get 110% of calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B[sub]12[/sub]. (All information came straight from the side of the box, by the way.)
So my question is, once Total is eaten for breakfast and all those nutrients are introduced and absorbed, is there any need for anything else (besides for energy)? If, for instance, 100% of your daily need for Vitamin C is fulfilled by eating one bowl of Total, and you drink three Sunny Delights, are you just wasting Sunny Delight’s vitamin C? What happens if you eat three bowls of Total? Is there such a thing as too much of any of the aforementioned nutrients? Does your body just get rid of excess vitamins and minerals, no questions asked?