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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.Β It has become an essential Β 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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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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How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

Chew on This By September 2, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

 
Dreamstime_s_13876852If you're like most Americans, chances are you turn to a product's nutrition label for guidance on whether or not it's good for you. A 2010 American Dietetic Association study (with over 10,000 participants) found that 61.6 percent of respondents regularly examined the Nutrition Facts Panel. And with 2011 marking the 20th anniversary of required nutrition labels on products, most of us have gotten pretty good at scanning the label to find out the calories, fat, sugar, and vitamin content in our favorite foods. read more

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Personalized Nutrition Labels – A Closer Look

Keeping It Fresh By October 1, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

We've just launched a tool that makes ShopWell even more personalized for you-- a Personalized Nutrition Label. Our co-founder Brian does a great job explaining why we've built this tool. Here, we'll show you how it works.

Here's an example of how it works for Cindy, a 35 year old woman....

Cindy loves pizza and searches on ShopWell to find which ones are healthiest for her. When she finds one she likes, she looks at the label. Before personalized labels she would see the same labels as everyone else.

Here's the "before" label - looks familiar right?

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Now, when she sees one of her favorite foods, she can quickly add a few details about herself right where the label is, and then ShopWell tells her the total recommended daily calories for a woman her age and size.

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Once she saves her info, ShopWell displays the nutrition label customized for Cindy's target daily calories which are based on her age, weight, height and activity level.

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