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EWG Overall Score Breakdown

The product score is based on weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Generally, nutrition counts most, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing least. The weighted scores are added together to determine the final score. Read more about scores here.

EWG Overall Score Breakdown


EWG scored on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns, and the degree of processing. Read the full scoring methodology.

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Higher concern
Lower concern
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Nutrition Concern Details

Level

Considers calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content to differentiate between healthful and less healthful foods. For more information on nutrition concerns, read our full methodology.

Contains 35% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

This product contains added sugar ingredients: Dextrose [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring Silva Smoked Andouille
Positive factors
Fruit, vegetable, bean or nut content
Protein content
Fiber content
Omega-3 fatty acids
Negative factors
Calorie density
Sugar/low-calorie sweetener content
Sodium content
Saturated fat content
Trans fat content

Ingredient Concern Details

Level

Considers food additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and contaminants like mercury and BPA, which can affect human health and the environment. For more information on ingredient concerns, read methodology.

This product is not certified organic [read more]

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for meat, egg, or dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Growth promoters not used in production of this meat [read more]

This product has 1 ingredient with concerns:

Processing Concern Details

Level

Estimates how much the food has been processed. Considers many factors, chief among them, modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and number of artificial ingredients. For more information on processing concerns, read our full methodology.

Product has been classified as having low processing concerns

Products with low processing concerns generally have few artificial ingredients, more ingredients that are either whole foods or are minimally processed, and fewer ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

This product is not certified organic [read more]

This product is not certified organic

Products bearing the USDA certified organic seal must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredient, and must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and free of genetically engineered ingredients.

Contains food additives of lower concern

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for meat, egg, or dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for me...

Producer claims antibiotics were only used to treat diseased animals under veterinary supervision, or complies with a less than rigorous certification system.

Growth promoters not used in production of this meat [read more]

Growth promoters not used in production of this...

Producer certifies or claims to raise this meat without the use of growth promoters.

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor" [read more]

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor"

Added "flavors" are secret and often complex mixtures of chemicals that modify and manipulate the taste and smell of food. The lack of disclosure is a public right to know issue and especially concerning to people with unusual food allergies or on restricted diets.

Contains 35% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 35% of the Institute of Medicine's dai...

This product contains a high percentage of the Institute of Medicine's recommended adequate intake for sodium of 1500 mg a day (IOM 2005). This value is much lower than what the FDA requires be listed on food labels -- 2400 mg. Americans average 3,400 mg of sodium a day. Most of this sodium comes from processed foods where sodium is added to mask the lack of freshness by enhancing the flavor, texture or palatability and extending shelf-life (IOM 2010). Many of these uses are for the manufacturers benefit and not the consumer's health as excess sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease (IOM 2010).

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Per gram, high in protein

Protein is a source of amino acids that are required for the proper growth, maintenance and repair of tissues. It also provides the building blocks for important enzymes and hormones. Protein provides calories and if eaten in excess will be stored as fat. Protein is found in high amounts in beans, nuts, eggs, seafood and meat. Protein is essential to health, but eating too much also carries an environmental and health cost. Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

This product contains added sugar ingredients: Dextrose [read more]

This product contains added sugar ingredients: ...

Eating too much of any type of sugar can lead to tooth decay. Added sugars like high fructose corn syrup, honey, sugar and dextrose are more concerning than natural sugars like raisins because they can lead to obesity by adding calories without being accompanied by important nutrients like potassium, vitamin C or fiber. Americans average 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day (NCI 2010; USDA and DHHS 2010). The World Health Organization recommends no more than 6 to 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day for adults, children should eat even less (WHO 2002; WHO 2014).

Product has been classified as having low processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

PORK, WATER, SALT, DEXTROSE, SPICES CELERY JUICE POWDER, PAPRIKA, CHERRY JUICE POWDER, GARLIC, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR.

*Older Product

Products remain in the database for two years after their label information is recorded in stores. A product with label information last recorded more than a year ago is marked with an * identifying it as an older product.

*Discontinued Product

Products remain in the Database for two years after their label information is recorded in stores, even when they have been discontinued (products may remain in stores and pantries long past the date they cease to be manufactured). EWG marks a product it is aware has been discontinued with a banner identifying it as such.

Product Images

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Other Information

This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Dextrose [read more]

This product contains the following ingredient(...

Scientists have not determined whether GE food poses risks to human health. Still, consumers have many good reasons to avoid eating genetically engineered ingredients, including limited safety studies, the development of "superweeds" and increased pesticide use. For more information on the topic visit: http://www.ewg.org/research/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food Note: The presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients or ingredients derived from GE crops does not affect a product's overall score.

Environmental Impact: Contains pork, which has a higher carbon footprint relative to chicken, eggs and plant proteins.

Nutrition Facts

4.0 servings per container

Serving Size

1 LINK

Amount Per 85 g
Calories
180

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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QUICK FACTS:

22.0 22.0 % Total Fat 14 g
1.0 1.0 % Total Carbs 2 g
Sugars 1 g
% Protein 14 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

26.0 26.0 % Saturated Fat 5 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
18.0 18.0 % Cholesterol 55 mg
22.0 22.0 % Sodium 520 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Dextrose

NUTRIENTS:

1.0 1.0 % Dietary Fiber 0 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
6.0 6.0 % Vitamin A
0.0 0.0 % Vitamin C
0.0 0.0 % Calcium
2.0 2.0 % Iron
Potassium (no value on present label)

† Institute of Medicine. 2010. "Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application." Accessed April 8, 2014: link

 

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