Tellspec Nutrition Facts


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.

What’s in my Nori?

Japanese cuisine has become increasingly popular throughout the world, but the makisushi roll stands as the most widely available. With infinite filling options, the nori, dried seaweed, wrapper remains a constant, but often overlooked, ingredient. Roasted seaweed snacks have also become more popular. TellSpec is looking at what can be found in seasoned dried seaweed.

Edible seaweeds such as nori are sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and various bioactive compounds. Nori is typically made of the genus Porphyra, particularly the species Porphyra umbilicalis. This species of seaweed is a source of soluble fiber, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Its high fiber and low sugar content make it a suitable snack for diabetic and carbohydrate-conscious consumers.


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What’s in my Gluten-Free Cookies?

Switching to a gluten-free diet can be challenging, particularly when it comes to the memories brought on by the thought of grandma’s rich, butter-, sugar-, and flour-filled chocolate chip cookies. For the newly gluten-free and veterans alike, baking with different flours and gums can be intimidating. Store-bought gluten-free alternatives to our favourite treats, however, are becoming increasingly more common. Here, TellSpec is taking a look at what can be found in a commercial gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.


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What’s in my Chocolate Truffles?

Chocolate truffles: what could be better?  Either as a treat for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, as one last candy left from Christmas, or as an early Valentine’s Day delight, there’s nothing quite like one (or two, or five.)  This week TellSpec is taking a look at what can be found in these tiny treats.


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What’s in my Apple?

The old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a popular one. This week TellSpec is taking a look at that apple and discussing some of the benefits and drawbacks to which your daily apple might lead.

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What’s in my Whole Grain Gluten-Free Bread?

Awareness of certain people’s medical necessity to avoid gluten has raised awareness and increased availability of gluten-free products. Research Company Mintel reports that 65% of consumers who choose gluten-free products do so because they perceive them to be healthier, and 27% report that they feel gluten-free products help with weight loss. TellSpec is taking a closer look at the “healthier choice” with this whole grain gluten-free bread.


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What’s in my Enriched Fiber Sandwich Bread?

With Thanksgiving over, leftovers abound. A popular way of dealing with this “problem” is the loaded leftover hot turkey sandwich, with everything that was on the table now loaded onto a few slices of bread. Last week we looked at what’s in those Thanksgiving favorites, but what about the bread itself?


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What’s in my White Cheddar Popcorn?

The quality of your health depends a great deal on the quality of the food you eat. When it’s snack time, some people try to eat foods which appear more healthy but that isn’t always the case.

This week, TellSpec added some white cheddar popcorn to its database, and here is what we found when we scanned it: Soy, Whey, Lactose, Sodium, and Trans Fats.

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What’s in my BBQ Potato Chips?

This week, TellSpec added some BBQ potato chips to its database, and here is what we found when we scanned them: Wood Sugar (Xylitol), PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons/smoke), Yeast, Trans Fats, Vitamin C, and high calories.


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