Food manufacturers by law are obliged to include nutrition information on their products in order

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Food manufacturers by law are obliged to include nutrition information on their products in order to inform the customers of what the product contains. Nutrition information should be listed for each 100 g of solid foods or for each 100 ml of liquids. Energy, protein, carbohydrates, total fat, cholesterol, vitamins and minerals are the main components shown on food labels. Along with the nutritional information, ingredients and allergy warnings are also given on food labels 1 South African law regarding food labelling has been changed. Instead of measuring energy in kilojoules (kj), some labels will use the measurement of calories (kCal). 1kCal = 4.12 kJ, this is simply a new way of measuring but they both mean the same thing. RDA is the…show more content…
The producers of coke discovered that their product was leading to constant weight gain due to its very high sugar content and they decided to create a diet alternative to their product. Diet Coke is sweetened with non-natural sweeteners such as aspartame. Aspartame has less calories than regular sugar but it is not as tasty. Aspartame is a very unsafe substance and according to many studies it has been found to cause cancer. Although the intentions of the Coca Cola Company were good, The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson stated: “Aspartame has been found to cause cancer — leukemia, lymphoma, and other tumors—in laboratory animals, and it shouldn’t be in the food supply. We certainly want Coca-Cola to shift its product mix toward lower- and no-calorie drinks, but aspartame’s reputation isn’t worth rehabilitating with this propaganda campaign. The company would be better off phasing out its use of aspartame and accelerating its research into safer, natural sweeteners such as those extracted from the stevia plant”.2 In addition to the cancer scare, aspartame and other sweeteners in diet drinks have been found to stimulate appetites, increase peoples cravings for carbs, raise fat storage and even cause weight gain. Another key ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It is used for preserving, flavour and texture. Phosphorus is an important nutrient needed in your

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