Tellspec Nutrition Facts

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Nutritional science is rapidly advancing — leaving government regulations to catch up with progression in understanding. Recent revision of the long-standing Nutritional Facts in the black and white box on packaged foods supports the on-going movement to update the population with the latest discoveries in nutrition. Proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts reflect an update in serving size requirements. Additional changes include a shift in emphasis towards added sugars and global food calories – aiding consumers in making informed food decisions and maintaining a healthy diet. In line with current values towards moderation of sodium consumption, recommended sodium intakes are cut back. Potassium and Vitamin D see a required addition to the label – acknowledging their role in an optimal consumer diet.

Unfortunately, even with these updates to the Nutrition Facts, there is still no practical way (or the manufacturer incentive) to display information regarding potential ingredient health concerns on food packages themselves. While Nutritional Facts emphasize numeric references to the ideal intake of fats, sugars, and other items, it is incredibly important for consumers to understand the adverse health effects potentially present in the foods they consume. TellSpec’s revolutionary new product bridges this knowledge gap by placing the scientific power of spectroscopy within the consumer’s own hands. Simply by scanning your food, you instantly receive up to date nutritional and educational data regarding a product’s ingredients. Information displays on your smart phone or other linked device in a concise and easily approachable summary. Consumers curious for additional information can also access TellSpec’s proprietary TellSpecopedia – an essential and expansive online database of product ingredients with facts on what each ingredient means to you and your family. By using the TellSpec data alongside Nutritional Facts, TellSpec empowers you with the ability to make optimal food choices – positively benefiting your long term health.

Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label. February 27, 2014. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from: here.

5 replies
  1. Goffin Dorothée
    Goffin Dorothée says:

    Dear Tellspec developper, when calculating the energy count, you are I guess counting the % of carbs, proteins, fat… and give an overall value for those categories and give a calory count. Or may be you go further and count the calories of each type of atom found in the product and detected by IR spectroscopy. But as you know, the calory count depends on the digestibility of the molecules contained in the food, for exemple dietary fibers don’t have the same energy count than sucrose or fructose… For exemple, some prebiotic fibers present some linkage types which are non digestible but are used by the gut microflora. How do you manage to take that into account?

    Best regards

    Dorothée (Belgium)

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      Dear Goffin,
      TellSpec is the first consumer handheld food scanner that will begin its technology development at macronutrients (yes %’s of carbs, proteins, and fats as you say) and food ingredients NOT at the atomic level of identification. You are one of the few consumers that are uber informed re caloric reality and represent a future target of information that we would like to share with consumers, but cannot at this time. Yes the digestibility of the molecules contained in the food drives the calorie count. TellSpec strives to be at that point of identification in the future bien sur. Essentially when calculating the calorie count for a food, we use a variety of methods. The principal method is a direct calculation based on the spectrum we obtain. However, we’ll also compare this number with the calorie count we get from the estimated proportions of carbs, proteins, and fats. Yes, in the future we expect our calculation to take into account the fact that some of the constituents are not digestible.

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  2. Nicolette Mak
    Nicolette Mak says:

    Dear TellSpec developer,I just ordered a TellSpec and I am looking forward to receive it at the end of this year! Is it going to be possible to measure the glycemic Index of the food? That would be very helpfull, as most people eat to much of the high glycemic food. Looking forward to your answer, have a nice day! Nicolette

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      We are working on macronutrients and what the exact food composition will be. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a clean food revolution!

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