The Truth About Nutritional Labels
April 5th, 2020
Serving up the Truth on Nutrition Labels
A diet loaded with sugar, hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients is a one-way ticket to obesity. Nobody wants to spend the rest of their life living on expensive medication for conditions like diabetes and heart disease. But it’s often hard to gauge just how quickly the occasional bad dietary choice can lead to that outcome. That’s why our first instinct when questioning how healthy a food is, is to check the Nutrition Facts label. Unfortunately, these labels tend to be deliberately misleading and will not tell you everything you need to know. That’s why here at Prymal, we’re proud to be transparent about our nutritional information.
"A diet loaded with sugar, hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients is a one-way ticket to obesity."
The Facts About Serving Sizes
The Nutrition Facts on a food product are designed to provide information about nutrients relating to common health concerns, such as weight control, diabetes and high blood pressure, and to offer guidance to consumers following a special diet. To provide this data, the label shows calories, total fats, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, proteins and certain vitamins and minerals. The “serving size” is purely a unit of measurement created to help consumers understand the amount of “nutrition” aka carbohydrates, protein, fat, and vitamins + minerals a measurable amount of the product contains.
The key words here are “measurable amount.” That measurable amount is almost always considerably less than the amount a person would realistically consume.
In our previous article [link], I discussed an experiment I did with my parents in which we
measured how much creamer they used in a cup of coffee. According to CoffeeMate’s serving size of 15ml or 1tbsp, my dad used 5 servings and my mom used 11. This added up to 25g of sugar and 150 calories for my dad and 55g of sugar and 330 calories for my mom.
"The key words here are “measurable amount.” That measurable amount is almost always considerably less than the amount a person would realistically consume."
What’s in a Serving of CoffeeMate
Based on sugar content alone, a real serving of CoffeeMate just isn’t going to cut it for anyone trying to be healthy, but a closer look at the ingredients label makes it even less desirable:
CoffeeMate Ingredients: Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Coconut and/or Palm Kernel and/or Soybean), Corn Syrup Solids, and Less than 2% of Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)**, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Salt.
**Not a Source of Lactose.
Hydrogenated vegetable oil and corn syrup solids? No thanks!
Sugar-free products aren’t any better for you, as you can see here:
What’s in a Serving of Prymal
Now let’s take a look at Prymal’s ingredients for comparison:
Prymal Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Ketosweet (Erythritol, Chicory Root Extract, Monk
Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract), Medium Chain Triglycerides, Vegetable Juice for Color,
Organic Coconut Milk Powder, Inulin, Erythritol, Contains two percent or less of each of the following: Sodium Caseinate**, Himalayan Pink Salt, Silicon Dioxide, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavor
**Not a Source of Lactose.
Our customers are eager to vouch for the difference these all natural ingredients, which are low in sugar and calories, have made for their health:
A daily serving of coffee creamer doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of health problems. Prymal is designed to meet your nutritional needs in the serving sizes you actually use without any sacrifice in flavor. Take the first step to a healthier, happier you by ditching mainstream creamers and adding some pizzazz to your coffee with Prymal!
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