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The New Food Label Is Here!

Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

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The Food and Drug Administration released the guidelines for the new Nutrition Facts Panel today, or as it’s affectionately called by health professionals, the NFP. The Nutrition Facts Panel may be a few decades old but it hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in 1993. It has become an essential  tool for people to figure out how nutritional value of the food they eat. There are some pretty awesome changes you’ll start to see on food labels over the next few years. The new NFP will: read more

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Nutrition Labels Need a Little Personalization Too

Around the Table By September 30, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

From Day 1, ShopWell has been about consumers.  We talk to them, we invite them into our office to critique our site, we shop with them, we watch them use our site.  From our conversations with real consumers, we are inspired to continue to march down the path of helping people understand nutrition information so they can make more informed choices. 

Personalized-Nutrition-Label At ShopWell, we are actually inspired both by the enthusiasm and the confusion of the shoppers we observe.   The conversations with ShopWell users strengthen our belief that nutrition is truly personal, and we should be developing tools to help consumers understand nutrition for their unique needs. 

When you look around, there is a ton of discussion around improving the information on the package.  There are proposed improvements to the way the data is displayed on the front of the box, the back of the box, and even the side of box.  And while we applaud the attempts of a variety of organizations to improve the information displayed on the box, we’re not sure that this will get to the heart of the problem-- that the typical approach to nutrition is one-size fits all.

Most people don’t know that the Nutrition Facts Panel is for an 18-year-old adult with a 2000 calorie diet.  Hey, I didn’t even know that until recently…and I work at a food-related startup!   Without even knowing it, this nutrition information is probably being misused by both your 30-year-old female neighbor and your 59-year-old male coworker.  Hey, admit it, you are probably not getting everything out of the Nutrition Facts label that you could.  I know I don’t. 

At ShopWell, we believe that people should have access to Nutrition Facts that actually match their unique needs.  We are super excited to release the first of its kind Personalized Nutrition Label.  You give us your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level...and we will do all the math for you to give you a nutrition label that is tailored to you. And you can use the tool on any of the foods in our database to see how the nutrition info stacks up.  Pretty cool.  If the nutrition label is a one size fits all t-shirt, then we just released the first tailored suit.  

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