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The problem with the KIND bar is they are mostly nuts increasing the total fats to 3 grams add 1 gram of saturated fats per serving which is more than the maximum allowed to be called 'healthy'.
The push back came from KIND to challenge the FDA regulations when it came right down to it. The KIND company wanted to put 'healthy' on the KIND bar food label. So off to court they went to settle this once and for all of us.
You might be wondering what the FDA regulations say? The FDA Code of Federal Regulations - 21 CFR 101.65(d)(2). This regulation states five criteria: Four of them are discuss the maximum allowable levels of total fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. The fifth requires a serving of food have at least 10% of the Daily Value of one or more of these vitamins, A, C, calcium, iron, dietary fiber and protein. To see the warning letter from the FDA click here.
What does this mean to you? In light of the current research into diet and our bodies as we have discussed many times on this blog, getting more of the 'good' fats into your diet than 'bad' fats is good. So however you can do that it's best. Why? Because the healthy fats (omega 3) reduce systemic inflammation and reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other chronic conditions just to name a few.
What fatty foods are good for you? The ones highest in omega 3's. The short list is fatty fish, seeds, nuts, plant oils, beans and some vegetables and fruits. To see the whole list click here.
The outcome of the court case was decided this week and the FDA decision coming to a favorable resolution stating KIND could use the phrase 'healthy and tasty' as a corporate philosophy, not as a nutrient claim. FDA is going to look into redefining fats on the nutrition facts food labels moving forward to designate healthy fats.
Your partner in health,
Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Health & Wellness Consultant
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