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But Honestly. What is “Healthy”?

Another rainy day in Seville, another blog post.

Shoutout to the CEO of Kind Bars, Daniel Lubetzky!!! Lubetzky spoke up when the FDA complained that the phrase “healthy and tasty” wasn’t appropriate for the nut filled granola bar.

WHY? Because in simple terms: “a snack food can contain no more than 3 grams of fat for a regular-size serving” AKA a lot of snack foods with nuts do not qualify as healthy.

“Fat” seemed like a very broad category to me. So I did a little research.

There are 4 major dietary fats:

  1. Saturated fats
    • Fats that raise your cholesterol// LDL is the bad cholesterol and this is what you find in saturated fats
    • Butter, fatty beef, pork, cream
    • Consuming no more than 13g of saturated fats per day is recommended
  2. Trans fats
    • Bad
  3. Monounsaturated fats
    • Can help reduce LDL levels
    • Provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells
    • These can positively effect your health
    • Olive oil, peanut oil, avacado, sesame oil, nuts
  4. Polyunsaturated fats
    • Can help reduce LDL levels
    • Provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells
    • Soybean oil, salmon, nuts

FACT: All fats provide 9 calories per gram

Then, I decided to break down the components of some nuts that are often found in Kind Bars. I collected this information from “Nut Nutrient Composition” published in 2016.

  1. ALMOND (per 100g)
    • Protein: 19.5
    • Saturated Fat: 3.7
    • Monounsaturated Fat: 35.9
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.8
  2. CASHEW (per 100g)
    • Protein: 17.0
    • Saturated Fat: 8.4
    • Monounsaturated Fat: 31.1
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.5
  3. PECAN (per 100g)
    • Protein: 9.8
    • Saturated Fat: 4.5
    • Monounsaturated Fat: 39.3
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: 25.0

For further info on these nuts and more check out:

As we can see, all 3 types of nuts are high in protein as well as high in mono and poly unsaturated fats. However, they are not high in saturated fats. AKA a “healthy and tasty” snack sounds correct to me. Before jumping to conclusions, I also checked out other components in Kind Bars….

I picked I basic and popular Kind Bar to check out: Fruit & Nut Delight

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The FDA complained a year ago that 4 Kind Bars were not healthy enough for the label they have, strictly because of fat content (“some of the company’s products should not be called healthy because of their saturated fat levels”).The primary ingredients in Kind Bars are nuts and Kind is reviewed the 4 specific bars.

In press statement yesterday, Kind announced that the FDA said that Kind can return to putting “healthy” on their packaging again. -CBS

The reason I wrote this was to inform people of common health misconceptions. Fat is not always bad!!!! Sugar is the issue. What is the current definition of healthy anyways?

 The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of “healthy” – May 10, 2016 (yesterday)

A new definition is being looked into due to Kind replying to the FDA’s complaints and because dietary trends have clearly shifted since 1990.

Data changes and looks like the FDA may be changing some stuff around soon. Cheers to health and historical perspective! 🙂




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3 comments on “But Honestly. What is “Healthy”?

  1. Don Amorosi

    I can definitely put this information to work! You sound like you work at RedBrick already!


  2. I always wondered what poly and monounsaturated fats were. thank you for informing me 🙂


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