Know the Meat You Eat

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Category : Food and Recipes, Health, News and Information

 

By Yesenia Alvarado,

Nutrition Intern

 

 

There is much to celebrate throughout this month. Not only is March National Nutrition Month but it has recently marked the establishment of a new rule that was implented by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Under this rule, raw ground or chopped meat and poultry labels will now include a nutrition facts panel.

Providing nutrition labels on meat and poultry will allow for consumers to make more conscious food choices when comparing the different types of selections within the market. Previous labels stating meats to be “90% lean” were vague, often leaving a shopper with many unanswered questions as to what the claim meant. Fortunately, these questions can now be answered with a thorough label stating the nutrient content of total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, as well as the calorie count appropriate to the serving size, which the USDA has currently set it at 4 ounces.

It is important to take note of what you are buying and moreso, to what is appropriate to your needs. This nutrition labeling policy is sure to make your next grocery trip run a lot smoother. Read the facts and decide for yourself on which cut of meat you wish to eat!

To learn more about the USDA’s new policy on meat and poultry labeling please visit:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/15-12.pdf

Related topics: nutrition, food safety, USDA

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