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3 Reasons Why You Should Care About the New Food Label

Chew on This, Keeping It Fresh By May 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that for the first time in several years the food label is getting a facelift, woohoo! The food label, also known as the Nutrition Facts Panel, is there to help you make more informed choices when choosing what food to buy and eat. Food manufacturers have the next two years to change up the labels on the food they make to follow the new guidelines. Here are the top three things to get excited about!

Oh hey there Added Sugars!

Added sugars are a hot topic right now but it’s pretty tough to tell how much added sugar is in your food. Until now. The new labels (you’ll be seeing them by 2018) will have the grams of added sugar called out. Soon you’ll get to see how much sugar (and salt and fat) is in your food. In case you aren’t sure how many grams of sugar is ok to eat, the label also includes a percent daily value. Just remember, less is more with added sugars! read more

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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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The Skinny on GMOs

Chew on This, Health Care Professionals, Keeping It Fresh By March 2, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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Today the Senate Agriculture Committee announced that it was putting forth the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (aka SAFE Act). This bill would block states from individually tackling the issue of requiring food products to be labeled for GMO-containing ingredients (like Vermont plans to do this summer). So, the GMO debate is back front and center.

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have been a hotly debated topic for years among consumers, nutrition experts, and the food industry. There is a lot of information out there about GMOs and a lot of passionate people involved in the debate. So much information and passion often leads to confusion (at least it does for me). read more

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From zombies to e-cards to crockpots: Some of our favorite .govs

Chew on This By November 10, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Zombie-WebCover_1While researching our food and nutrition tools and content, we here at ShopWell spend a lot of time on government websites. In addition to providing well-researched health and nutrition information, these sites also have some awesome hidden elements, from e-cards to zombie comics.

In honor of Election Day and Veteran's Day, we've gathered a few of our favorite fun government websites for you to check out. Just like ShopWell itself, they make food, nutrition, and health more fun and accessible. read more

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Trans Fats: What Most Americans Don’t Know

Chew on This By October 19, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Dreamstime_s_4678292If you're up on your nutrition news, you've probably heard by now that trans fats are bad for you. By raising levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, trans fats can contribute to your risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. They're also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With all these dangers, it's no surprise that the FDA required trans fat to be listed on the Nutrition Facts label, beginning in 2006. As a result, Americans are snapping up products that proudly advertise themselves as having "0 grams trans fat." But even if you're reading the label and only purchasing products with 0 grams of trans fat, you might still be consuming it. How is that possible? We've got the answers. read more

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When Food Gets Tainted, Who Takes Action?

Chew on This By October 13, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

CantaloupesEach year, approximately 1 in 6 Americans are struck with a food-borne illness. Over 100,000 of them are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. While this group is dominated by isolated incidents, serious taints that can be tracked back to one source are also common. When food crises like the recent outbreak of listeria from cantaloupe and the recall of packaged salads due to salmonella concerns strike, who takes the lead on addressing the problem, and what can you do to make sure you're not affected? We've got the answers. 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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