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 LEARN HOW TO READ THOSE PESKY FOOD LABELS

Get ready to take back control of the supermarket aisle. Learning about nutrition labels can help you make smart, simple choices when it comes to managing your healthy-eating plan. To get started, it helps to break the standard label up into seven easy-to-understand sections: [image of nutrition label broken up into seven sections, per below]

Section 1: Serving Size
Begin by looking at the serving size, found on the top of the label.  You will see how much of this food is equivalent to one serving and how many servings are in the entire container.  The serving size influences all of the nutritional information that follows – so if you eat more than one serving, you will have to re-calculate these numbers accordingly.
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Section 2: Calories
Next is the calorie content. Managing your daily caloric intake is an important part of your healthy eating plan, so be sure to remember that the serving size you eat determines the amount of calories you consume.

For example: in the label above, one serving = one cup, which contains 250 calories. If you have two cups (double the serving size), you’ll be consuming double the calories (500). It works the other way, too: eat half a serving (1/2 cup), and you’ll get half the calories (125).

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Sections 3 & 4: The Nutrients
The largest part of the nutrition label is dedicated to nutrients that have a key impact on your health. It’s helpful to separate them into two main sections:

  • Nutrients to Limit (#3 on the sample label): These are nutrients that Americans generally eat in adequate or too-high amounts, so it’s important to limit your intake of them. If you eat too much fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium, it may lead to a higher risk of chronic diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
  • Nutrients to Highlight (#4 on the sample label): These are nutrients that Americans generally don’t get enough of, so it’s a good idea to emphasize them in your diet. Incorporating the recommended amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron into your dietary routine can help reduce the risk of some diseases and conditions.

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Section 5: Total Carbohydrates
It’s important to pay particular attention to the Total Carbohydrate section of the label. The FDA lists the recommended Daily Value as 300g (based on a 2,000-calorie diet). This amount may be lower based on your total calorie intake and the percent of fat and protein in your daily diet.

Section 6: Percent Daily Value (%DV)
To the right of most of the listed nutrients, you’ll find the Percent Daily Value (%DV). The %DV is a guide to a food’s nutrient content based on a 2,000-calorie diet, though you may require a lower number of daily calories based on your personal plan. You can use the %DV as a quick way to tell if a food is high or low in a certain nutrient by applying these simple rules: if the %DV is higher than 20%, the food is considered to have a “high” amount of that nutrient; if the %DV is 5% or less, the nutrient content is “low.”

Use this information to track your progress toward your daily recommended allowance of certain nutrients or for comparing two similar products (as long as the serving sizes are similar). The chart below also provides some clarity on the difference between Daily Value and %DV (based on a 2,000-calorie per day diet):

Nutrient DV %DV Goal
Total Fat 65g =100% DV Less than 65g per day
Sat Fat 20g =100% DV Less than 20g per day
Cholesterol 300g =100% DV Less than 300g per day
Sodium 2400g =100% DV Less than 2400g per day
Total Carbohydrate 300g =100% DV Less than 300g per day
Dietary Fiber 25g =100% DV Less than 25g per day

Section 7: Footnote
The asterisked item in the footnote emphasizes the point that the label information is based on a 2000-calorie diet, and the chart provides Daily Values of certain nutrients for a 2,000- and 2,500-calorie diet. The footnoted section is the same across all food labels 

Get ready to take back control of the supermarket aisle. Learning about nutrition labels can help you make smart, simple choices when it comes to managing your healthy-eating plan. To get started, it helps to break the standard label up into seven easy-to-understand sections: [image of nutrition label broken up into seven sections, per below]  

Section 1: Serving Size
Begin by looking at the serving size, found on the top of the label.  You will see how much of this food is equivalent to one serving and how many servings are in the entire container.  The serving size influences all of the nutritional information that follows – so if you eat more than one serving, you will have to re-calculate these numbers accordingly.
Back to top

Section 2: Calories
Next is the calorie content. Managing your daily caloric intake is an important part of your healthy eating plan, so be sure to remember that the serving size you eat determines the amount of calories you consume.

For example: in the label above, one serving = one cup, which contains 250 calories. If you have two cups (double the serving size), you’ll be consuming double the calories (500). It works the other way, too: eat half a serving (1/2 cup), and you’ll get half the calories (125).

Back to top

Sections 3 & 4: The Nutrients
The largest part of the nutrition label is dedicated to nutrients that have a key impact on your health. It’s helpful to separate them into two main sections:

·         Nutrients to Limit (#3 on the sample label): These are nutrients that Americans generally eat in adequate or too-high amounts, so it’s important to limit your intake of them. If you eat too much fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium, it may lead to a higher risk of chronic diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

·         Nutrients to Highlight (#4 on the sample label): These are nutrients that Americans generally don’t get enough of, so it’s a good idea to emphasize them in your diet. Incorporating the recommended amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron into your dietary routine can help reduce the risk of some diseases and conditions.

Back to top

Section 5: Total Carbohydrates
It’s important to pay particular attention to the Total Carbohydrate section of the label. The FDA lists the recommended Daily Value as 300g (based on a 2,000-calorie diet). This amount may be lower based on your total calorie intake and the percent of fat and protein in your daily diet.

Section 6: Percent Daily Value (%DV)
To the right of most of the listed nutrients, you’ll find the Percent Daily Value (%DV). The %DV is a guide to a food’s nutrient content based on a 2,000-calorie diet, though you may require a lower number of daily calories based on your personal plan. You can use the %DV as a quick way to tell if a food is high or low in a certain nutrient by applying these simple rules: if the %DV is higher than 20%, the food is considered to have a “high” amount of that nutrient; if the %DV is 5% or less, the nutrient content is “low.”

Use this information to track your progress toward your daily recommended allowance of certain nutrients or for comparing two similar products (as long as the serving sizes are similar). The chart below also provides some clarity on the difference between Daily Value and %DV (based on a 2,000-calorie per day diet):

Nutrient

DV

%DV

Goal

Total Fat

65g

=100% DV

Less than 65g per day

Sat Fat

20g

=100% DV

Less than 20g per day

Cholesterol

300g

=100% DV

Less than 300g per day

Sodium

2400g

=100% DV

Less than 2400g per day

Total Carbohydrate

300g

=100% DV

Less than 300g per day

Dietary Fiber

25g

=100% DV

Less than 25g per day

Section 7: Footnote
The asterisked item in the footnote emphasizes the point that the label information is based on a 2000-calorie diet, and the chart provides Daily Values of certain nutrients for a 2,000- and 2,500-calorie diet. The footnoted section is the same across all food labels

Allah is All-Knowing All-Wise”…Quran 

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye…and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.  

 A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.  

 Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food .  

 A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.  

 Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys .  

 Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.  

 Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? …. It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).  

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm cells to overcome male sterility.  

 Grapefruits, Oranges, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts .  

Onions look like body cells. Today’s research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.  

 Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.   

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries  

 Then which of the favours of your Allah will ye deny? – [Quran 55:13]  

Milk :
The Prophet(SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart
just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back,
increases the brain, augments intelligence,renews vision and drives away
forgetfulness.  

Honey :
Considered to be the best remedy for diarrhea when mixed in hot
water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used
for creating appetite,strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm,
as a meat preservative,hair conditioner, eye salve and mouthwash. It is
extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water and is also a sunnah.  

Olive oil :
excellenent treatment for skin and hair, delays old age, treats inflammation
of the stomach  

Mushroom :
The Prophet(SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes, it also
serves as a form of birthcontrol and arrests paralysis.  

Grapes :
The Prophet was very fond of grapes, it purifies the blood, provides vigour
and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.  

Dates :
The Prophet(SAW) said that a house without dates has no food, also to be
eaten at the time of childbirth.  

Figs :
It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.  

Barley :
Good for fever in a soup form  

Melon :
Melon contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies, The prophet SAW said “None
of your women who are pregnant and eat of water melon will fail to produce
off spring who are good in countenance and good in character.  

Pomegranate :
The Prophet(SAW) said it cleanse you of Satan and evil aspirations for 40
days.  

Water :
the Prophet(SAW) said the best drink in this world and the next is Water, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the liver.  

 So praise be to our beloved Nabi(SAW) who produced us with marvelous knowledge which dazzles the wisest minds. May this information be beneficial to all of us Insha-Allah  

  

 

The Importance of Healthiness The Importance of Healthiness 

It is therefore necessary to ensure that the physical body is kept healthy so that the soul and spirit may also remain healthy thus in turn aiding the believer in the service of both his spiritual and material attainment. Diet therefore, plays an important role for this purpose. For this reason Islam has prohibited certain food due to their ill effects and permitted all other pure, good and clean food products. Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble Qur’ân: 

“O’ Believers! Eat of the good and pure (lawful) that.We have provided you with and be grateful to Allah, if you truly worship Him.” (2:172) 

  

Muslims in general are advised to eat good and pure things and not to indulge in impure, bad and harmful things thus following their open enemy Shaitaan: 

“O People! Eat of what is lawful and good on the Earth and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan, for he is your open enemy.” (2:168) 

  

In the verses previously mentioned the general principle with regard to permissible food has been stated. The Noble Qur’ân further goes on to specify the types of food prohibited in the following verse: 

He (Allah) has only forbidden you (from eating) dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that (animal) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked.” (2:173, 16:115) 

  

The four items that have been mentioned in the above verse are absolutely forbidden in Islam for reasons best known to Allah. However, through research, some of them such as carrion, blood and swine flesh have proved to be hazardous to human health. Whilst swine flesh is harmful to moral health and food over which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked is harmful to spiritual health. 

Other prohibited items have also been mentioned in different chapters of the Holy Qur’ân. In Surah al-Ma’idah the following have also been mentioned along with the four previously mentioned. There are those animals which have been killed by strangling, or a violent blow, a headlong fall, being gored to death and those which have been partially eaten by a wild animal and not slaughtered before death, also those which have been sacrificed on the name of idols. The Importance of Healthiness The Importance of Healthiness  

It is therefore necessary to ensure that the physical body is kept healthy so that the soul and spirit may also remain healthy thus in turn aiding the believer in the service of both his spiritual and material attainment. Diet therefore, plays an important role for this purpose. For this reason Islam has prohibited certain food due to their ill effects and permitted all other pure, good and clean food products. Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble Qur’ân: 

“O’ Believers! Eat of the good and pure (lawful) that.We have provided you with and be grateful to Allah, if you truly worship Him.” (2:172) 

  

Muslims in general are advised to eat good and pure things and not to indulge in impure, bad and harmful things thus following their open enemy Shaitaan: 

“O People! Eat of what is lawful and good on the Earth and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan, for he is your open enemy.” (2:168) 

  

In the verses previously mentioned the general principle with regard to permissible food has been stated. The Noble Qur’ân further goes on to specify the types of food prohibited in the following verse: 

He (Allah) has only forbidden you (from eating) dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that (animal) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked.” (2:173, 16:115) 

  

The four items that have been mentioned in the above verse are absolutely forbidden in Islam for reasons best known to Allah. However, through research, some of them such as carrion, blood and swine flesh have proved to be hazardous to human health. Whilst swine flesh is harmful to moral health and food over which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked is harmful to spiritual health. 

Other prohibited items have also been mentioned in different chapters of the Holy Qur’ân. In Surah al-Ma’idah the following have also been mentioned along with the four previously mentioned. There are those animals which have been killed by strangling, or a violent blow, a headlong fall, being gored to death and those which have been partially eaten by a wild animal and not slaughtered before death, also those which have been sacrificed on the name of idols. 

 

FACTS ABOUT NON ALCOHOLIC WINE OR BEER  (Article was first publish at www.muslimconsumergroup.com, Insha Allah, all who read this wonderful article, visit this wonderful website.) 

This information is provided for Muslims all over the world so that they understand how a alcohol wine or beer is made and available throughout the world including in Muslim countries. The following are the facts about alcohol free wine, beer, its manufacture methods and its possible impact on Islamic Sharia(I am not a Alim but I will provide information so that the Muftiyans can  make their own fatwas). 

1. Fact number one, Alcohol free wine or beer is made from real wine or beer. Wines from grape, date, honey, wheat is Khamr and Khamr is Haram according to several ahadith.
2. Questions for Muftiyans, do they think that every component of wine also Haram including water in wine obtained from source of wine such as grape.
The composition of wine is:
Water 80-85%  
sugar 0.1%(because all sugar in grape is used to produce alcohol)
Mineral Salts 0.2 to 0.4%
Coloring substances 0.01 to 0.5%

  

Aromatic substances 0.01 to 0.1% 

 

Sulphites 10 to 200 Part Millions  

 3. Manufacturing processes used in manufacture of alcohol free wine or beer:
 a. Alcohol free wine beverages is produced by using  US patented process(4775538) where table wine is combined with demineralized water and poured into a centrifugal evaporator where alcohol is spinn off to produce a alcohol free wine base and grape juice concentrate is added to alcohol free wine base.
b. Vacuum  Distillation where real wine or real beer is exposed to vacuum where due to change in atmospheric pressure with low heat or no heat the alcohol is distilled off.
c. Reverse Osmosis, a procedure used to clean impurities from drinking water. Most American homes has this unit under their kitchen sinks. The reverse Osmosis has filters with very minutes pores Through these pores filters only alcohol and water with volatile acids in wine and beer is filtered out of wine and beer without heat. Then those volatile acid and water is put back to a mixture of syrupy mixture of sugar, flavor  compounds on the other side of filter after distilling out the alcohol from alcohol and water acid mixture.
This is also called dealcoholized wine and beer.
d. Non alcoholic sparkling wine or beer is made with a secondary fermentation to produce a non alcoholic sparkling wine or beer with less than 0.5% alcohol. Then carbon dioxide  is forced to make a carbonated non alcoholic beer.
4. Another fact is that all the experts in this industry said that it is very difficult and very expensive to eliminate all alcohol from wine and beer. This is the reason Non Alcoholic beverages still contain some original alcohol from wine and beer. This lead to federal law about Non Alcoholic beverages which states that Non Alcoholic beverages can contain up to 0.5% original alcohol by volume.
If you consider above breakdown of grape wine, the non alcoholic grape wine contains  5%  to 10% original wine in the Non Alcoholic grape wine based on 10% to 20% alcohol content in grape wine and if the Non Alcoholic grape wine contains maximum 0.5% original alcohol according to federal law.
So based on this calculation a Muslim who decide to consume Non Alcoholic grape wine  is consuming 5% to 10% original grape in Non Alcoholic grape wine.
5. Another fact is that many producers of Non Alcoholic wine and beer want to keep the same original flavors compounds in Non Alcoholic wine and beer because to match original flavor and taste of wine. Some Non Alcohol wine and beer manufacturer want to keep same flavor and taste in the Non Alcoholic wine and beer. So times they add 2-2.5% residual sugar content to match a completely dry alcoholic wine. Some companies advertized that their Non Alcoholic wine and beer contains same original abundant flavors of original wine and beer.
 
It was reported in research that It takes about 10 nonalcoholic malt beverages to equal the alcohol in one American-style lager.
MCG thinks every component of prohibited wine or Khamr is also Haram same as the every part of pig is Haram. But some Muftiyans may have different opinion.
The purpose of this scientific information is to provide facts about Non Alcoholic wine or beer to every Muslims so that they can make decision to consume or not to consume Non Alcoholic wine or beer. But Muslim
Consumer Group consider Non Alcoholic wine or beer as Haram beverage and recommend Muslims not to consume them.
This article is based on some available scientific literature and Allah knows better.
Acids 0.4 – 1%
 
Alcohol 10-20%

Update on Dove, Caress, Lever

Event Date

Sat Jan 31 13:33:44 CST 2009

  Alert
  A Muslim Consumer has sent us an e-mail from Unilever company dated January 26, 2009 regarding Ultra Moisturizing Washes for their Caress, Dove, Lever 2000 brands that they do not contain animal derived ingredients. The glycerine in the above products is not from animal fat origin. They also provided source of the following ingredients in their products.
1. Glycerin is either from natural or synthetic but in our view natural is also mean from animal fat. So please confirm with them before use.
2. Stearic Acid is from non zabiha beef tallow. Please ask your mufti about its use.
3. Lanolin Alcohol is derived from animal matter. According to our research it is obtained from sheep’s wool without slaughtering the sheep and there is no ethyl alcohol in it. It is a Halal ingredient.
4. Oleic Acid is derived from pork or non zabiha beef fat. In our view any Unilever products containing this ingredient is not Halal. So please read the ingredients carefully before use. It is possible that their product may contain both Halal and non Halal ingredietnts.
 
  Mon May 17 23:06:16 CDT 2010
  News
 

MAXI HEALTH’S KIDDIEVITE LIQUID MULTIVITAMINS IS A HALAL MULTIVITAMINS FOR CHILDREN
One of our Muslim consumer has provided MCG an e-mail from Maxi Health which states that no alcohol is used in the flavor of Kiddievite children liquid multivitamins. This multivitamins can be purchesed from www.maxihealth.com(1-800-895-9555) or www.koshervitamins.com or from Vitamin Shoppe stores or any vitamin store which carry Maxi Health vitamins. Kiddievite is a kosher certified liquid multivitamins for children and meets the Halal requirements

 

GELATIN IN APPLE JUICE PROCESSING

4-Hydroxyproline is a rare and uncommon amino acid, a derivative of amino acid proline which is found in abundance in the fibrous protein collagen and some plant protein. The collagen is the raw material to manufacture gelatin. One medium apple of 5.5 oz. contains zero gram of protein that means apple do not contain hydroxyproline amino acid. Since some apple juice processors in USA and Europe  use pork or beef gelatin in apple juice processing.  In USA, Halal or Kosher certification protect Muslims in USA/Canada not to consume apple juice where gelatin is used in processing by having a Halal or Kosher symbol on the apple juice containers. But this is not the case with Europe and in Muslim countries. No efforts to protect their Muslim consumers in Muslim countries from gelatin used apple juice has been reported. MCG has brought this fact in a Halal Food conference conducted by KUIM at Futrajaya Marriott in Futrajaya, Malaysia on September 29, 2004. Many Muslim scientist at the meeting do not know about it. So there is need to do analysis on imported apple juice to Muslim countries. Since Hydroxyproline do not possess the genetic code word then DNA test for pork cannot be used. Although the analytical analysis do not distinguish the gelatin in apple juice whether it is from pork or beef but it will detect the gelatin in apple juice if gelatin is used in apple juice processing. The use of Gelatin – Tannin precipitation is still used in USA according to apple juice industry personnel for clarification of apple juice. Some part of gelatin is leached into apple juice and it can be detected by analytical method.

So there is need of monetary support from Muslim countries to provide funding for a MS or PhD thesis at universities such as Halal science center at Chulalongkorn university in Thailand or any US university such as Cornell University, University of California at Davis, CA or Washington State University at Pullman, WA, MSU at East Lansing, MI, University of Illinois at Urbana, IL.

Here is the analystical method for determination of Hydroxyproline in a tissue hydrolyzate at the University of Illinois Urbana, IL.

Clinica Chimica Acta, 104 (1980) 161-167

0 Elsevier/North-Holland Biomedical Press

CCA 1375

” MODIFIED ASSAY FOR DETERMINATION OF

HYDROXYPROLINE IN A TISSUE HYDROLYZATE”

C.A. EDWARDS * and W.D. O’BRIEN, JR.

Bioacoustics Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801 (U.S.A.)

(Received September 24th, 1979)

Summary:

A modified assay for the determination of hydroxyproline in tissue is presented. The modifications greatly reduce the time required for analysis of excised tissue as first introduced by Stegemann and Stalder [ 11. These modifications include a change in the technique for tissue hydrolysis and a change in

the preparation of the hydroxyproline oxidizing agent. The analysis utilizes the standard addition technique, eliminating the need for correction of matrix effects between the specimen and standard. This paper attempts to give a complete detailed description of the assay such that the procedure may be repeated without requiring additional reference material.

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