Recently, the FDA sent a letter to the makers of KIND bars asking them to remove the “healthy” label on four of their bars. To use the “healthy” label, a food must have no more than 1 gram of saturated fat per serving and contain no more than 15 percent of its calories from saturated fat, which the FDA says is not true for these four bars.
The problem? Research has consistently indicated that a diet that includes nuts (the primary source of fat in KIND bars) is linked with lower cholesterol levels, improved heart and brain health, lowered risk for diabetes, decreased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, improved weight control, and much more.
This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing the FDA’s request and the subsequent response from around the web.
Why The FDA Action Against KIND Bars Doesn't Mean They're Unhealthy. Huffington Post. “It’s a bit ridiculous that saturated fat from nuts should be counted against a product, because nuts are about one of the healthiest choices you could possibly make…This is an example of something with good intentions based on concepts that are hugely obsolete."
The Reason the FDA Says Kind Bars Aren't Healthy Enough Will Surprise You. Popsugar. “The reason the FDA says Kind bars aren't healthy enough for the label? Fat content….If you're a fan of Kind products, you know that nuts are primary ingredients in the bars. Nuts, like other naturally fatty foods like olive oil and avocado, contain healthy fats that can lower your BMI and even prolong your life.”
This is nutty: Kind Bars are full of fat but healthy? CNN Money. “Nuts are high in nutritious unsaturated fats, which, when eaten instead of refined carbohydrates and sugar, can lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.”
A note to our KIND community.Kind. “Nuts, key ingredients in many of our snacks and one of the things that make fans love our bars, contain nutritious fats that exceed the amount allowed under the FDA’s standard. This is similar to other foods that do not meet the standard for use of the term healthy, but are generally considered to be good for you like avocados, salmon and eggs. Here is just some of the recent news and research on the significant nutritional benefits of nuts.”