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October 28, 2008

Food Companies Creating their own Nutritional Standards

Coming soon:  A new nutrition icon on the front of some food packages.  The "Smart Choices" icon is the outcome of a Keystone Center project, the Food and Nutrition Roundtable, which is "made up of consumer and health advocates, food producers and distributors, nutrition and public health experts and observers from relevant federal agencies."

From the New York Times:

Some Big Food Companies Adopt Nutrient Standards , by Andrew Martin

In an effort to reduce confusion in the grocery aisle and help consumers buy healthier foods, some of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies have agreed to accept common nutritional standards and to use the same logo on their packages to denote the products that qualify. . . .

The products that qualify must "meet science-based nutrition criteria including:

  • Nutrients to limit: total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, added sugars and sodium;
  • Nutrients to encourage: calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E; and,
  • Food groups to encourage: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat free dairy

The criteria are based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other sources.

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