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September 24, 2012 2:22 PM   Subscribe

Nutrition Information: If it's not listed, is it absent? Or is it just not listed?

On the back of a bag of frozen peas once, I noticed that only Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, and calcium where listed. Pages such as this show that frozen peas would have lots of available nutrients. Are Market Basket frozen peas just devoid of nutrition or do they want to save design time and ink?
posted by mkb to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The FDA only requires that certain things be labeled. See here to see what's included in their new charts for "raw vegetables"---basically, only those things that are on your peas.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:29 PM on September 24, 2012

Places that package their own food on the premisis are exempt from the nutrition labeling. This drives me nuts.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 2:29 PM on September 24, 2012

This doesn't say why, but Straight Health has this to say about it:

Various vitamins and minerals are listed at the bottom of a nutrition label. Most of the time, only common nutrients such as Vitamins A and C, iron and calcium are listed. To get a more complete picture, use the USDA nutrient database.

So yeah, your frozen peas aren't devoid of other nutrition.

I assume it is to save space. Pure speculation here, but more people are familiar with what calcium and vitamin C are doing for them than, say, B12 or folate is, so those are the ones they list..?
posted by jorlyfish at 2:31 PM on September 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Many, many, many nutrients aren't required to be listed. Those that are required are generally rounded to some degree.

Vegetables are generally about the same between brands. The USDA has a database of complete, averaged nutrition data. Statistical data is available too.
posted by WasabiFlux at 2:57 PM on September 24, 2012

a sort-of-kinda-related question I asked
posted by Lucinda at 3:38 PM on September 24, 2012

I also learned in Sanitation/Nutrition last semester that there has to be a certain amount of something to have to list it. Did you know there's an acceptable level of rat poop allowed in food? I wish I was joking about that.

So it might just not have a high enough concentration to need to be there.
posted by theichibun at 5:00 PM on September 24, 2012

I read somewhere that there are several loopholes when it comes to labeling. MSG got a bad rap, so many companies used the loophole calling it "natural flavorings". Not sure how accurate this info is as it was years ago.
posted by eq21 at 11:50 AM on September 25, 2012

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