• Have less than three grams of fat per serving
• Have less than one gram of saturated fat
• Contains at least 10 percent of daily vitamins
But…what about foods that are high in good fats like avocados (which have 21 grams of fat and 3.1 grams of saturated fat per cup), salmon (which has 11 grams of fat and 2.6 grams of saturated fat per three-ounce serving), and almonds (which have 14 grams of fat and 1.1 grams of saturated fat per ounce)? They’re SOL under current FDA guidelines, even though Federal Dietary Guidelines and nutrition experts recommend that we eat them because they’re good for us.
(On the flip side, foods like low-fat pudding and sugary cereals can use the word “healthy” under these guidelines.)
“The current regulations were created with the best intentions more than 20 years ago, when the available science supported dietary recommendations limiting total fat intake,” Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND, tells Womenshealthmag.com. “We’ve conducted more than half a year of research studying this topic and gaining a thorough understanding of the related nutrition science, dietary guidance, and regulations. The petition reflects a broad base of support within the food science and nutrition community to call attention to the importance of eating foods made with wholesome and nutrient-rich ingredients.”
The petition comes at a time when there is increased pressure from the nutritional community for the government to back off of dietary fat guidelines and acknowledge that not all fats are created equal.
In June, a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argued that there is growing evidence shows that eating foods that contain healthy fats, like nuts, fish, avocados, and olive oil, can protect us against certain diseases, while many low-fat and fat-free foods can be worse for us than full-fat versions.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (a group of independent scientists who review scientific literature on nutrition and give nutritional recommendations to the government) also didn’t propose restricting how much fat we should eat daily.
For now, the KIND bars cited by the FDA do not contain the word “healthy” on their website descriptions. Will that change? We’ll see…