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.