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Vitamin D: A Quick Guide to This Nutrient of Concern

Published on May 15, 2019 By: Watson Team

With the new nutrition label regulations, we’re looking at big changes in vitamin D labeling—including mandatory nutrition labeling and a doubling of the Daily Value. Although the “sunshine vitamin” can be produced in the skin with sufficient sun exposure, lifestyle factors like less time outdoors and widespread use of sunscreen mean that Americans are struggling to get enough vitamin D. Read on to learn how much vitamin D we actually need, the best food sources, and which labeling changes impact this nutrient of concern. 

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Tags: nutrition, food labeling

Iron: A Quick Guide to This Nutrient of Concern

Published on May 13, 2019 By: Watson Team

Here’s everything you need to know about the best sources of iron, how much iron we actually need, and how to label iron under the new nutrition label regulations

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Tags: nutrition, food labeling

Nutrients Missing From Your Gluten-Free Diet

Published on Oct 4, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe
Checking the nutrition label for the gluten-free certification is obviously a priority for one with Celiac Disease, however, the nutritional content is often overlooked when searching for foods without wheat, rye or barley. Few gluten-free grains are enriched or fortified with vitamins and minerals, leaving nutrient gaps in the diet and making consumers more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. One should be on the lookout for the following nutrients if on a gluten-free diet. Read More

Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix, diet, health, nutri-knowledge, food, nutrition, food labeling

Valuable Insights on Choline and Nutrient Panels

Published on Jul 23, 2018 By: Watson Team

Choline Nutrient Content Claims Now Allowed

“B4” you reformulate, consider adding choline (also known as vitamin B4) to your nutrient mix. As one of the many recent changes to U.S. food labeling regulations, a Daily Value has finally been set for choline. This creates the opportunity to fortify products with choline and pursue 'good source' and 'high' nutrient content claims for choline.

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Tags: nutrition

How the New Nutrition Label Serving Sizes Will Affect Consumers

Published on Feb 21, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to make some changes to the nutrition facts label in hopes of improving the diets of American consumers.  Scanning the label from top to bottom the first difference that will be noticed is the serving size.  This will be changed to a more accurate depiction of what is typically consumed, rather than the prior reference amount.

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Tags: diet, food, nutrition, food labeling, millennial

Dairy-Free Milk Provides Calcium for Children with Milk Allergies

Published on Feb 19, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

A recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 6% of children with an allergy to cow's milk had a lower bone mineral density in their lumbar spine than those that consumed milk (1).  Milk allergies are the most common allergies among children, estimating 2.5% of youth.  Calcium intake was significantly lower in those with a milk allergy and few subjects supplemented their diet with calcium and vitamin D, two important nutrients for children obtained from milk (2). 

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Tags: Fortification, diet, nutri-knowledge, food, nutrition

Facts About Potassium That Will Make You Go Bananas!

Published on Feb 15, 2018 By: Blake Powers

In the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, potassium is noted as a nutrient of public health concern. This is due to low intakes of fruits, vegetables, and dairy (1).

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September is National Potato Month

Published on Sep 1, 2017 By: Nikki Sepe

One of America’s most popular vegetables has an entire month dedicated to itself, the potato.  It is obvious why this tuber is so popular, it can be mashed and added with butter to create a creamy side dish, sliced and fried for a crisp, crunchy snack, or baked, boiled and stuffed with toppings for the main course. 

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Tags: diet, health, food, nutrition

The History of Spirulina: From Nutrition Provider to Vivid Color

Published on Apr 25, 2017 By: Mackenzie Watson

In a shallow wadi near Lake Chad, women in colorful clothes skim bowls across the surface of the water, collecting the green soup of algae which grows there. They pour the algae paste into depressions in the sand, where it dries quickly in the sun to produce a crumbly green cake called dihe. These cakes will be cut into pieces and sold at the market, then later added to traditional sauces and foods for nutrition and flavor.

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Tags: diet, dietary supplement, nutri-knowledge, food, nutrition, Edible Glitter

History of the Nutrition Facts Label

Published on Apr 18, 2017 By: Mackenzie Watson

Once an optional afterthought, the Nutrition Facts label has evolved into a trusted and necessary foundation of our lives. Read on to learn about the history of the label, or check out our free Nutrition Facts Label Changes Guide for the most recent changes to the label regulations.

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Tags: nutrition, food labeling