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Sheila G's Organic Thindulgent Dark Chocolate Bark, Wild Berry Almond

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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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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.

EWG calculates that this product is 40% sugar by weight and contains 3 teaspoons of added and natural sugar per serving [read more]

Contains a high level of saturated fat [read more]

Per gram, high in calories [read more]

Per gram, high in calories

The World Health Organization states that "there is convincing evidence that a high intake of energy-dense foods promotes weight gain" (WHO 2002). Foods that are high in calories by weight are also likely to be highly processed, high in sugars, starch or fat and lower in nutrients. Conversely, foods that are low in calories by weight tend to be fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and soups that are high in nutrients and promote healthier diets. Studies have shown they also help people to maintain their weight by providing a satisfying amount of food even at lower calorie levels (Rolls 2005).

Contains 1 added fiber ingredient(s): Apple Fiber [read more]

Contains 1 added fiber ingredient(s): Apple Fiber

This product contains added fiber. Added fiber ingredients can be extracted from industrial byproducts like wood pulp or plant starches, made into a powder and added back into highly processed foods to increase their fiber content and appearance of healthfulness. While there is a long history of studies that confirm the beneficial effects of a high fiber diet rich in fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains, there is much less data on the potential health benefits of these added fibers and whether the health benefits are preserved once they have been extracted from their original sources (IOM 2001; Jones 2012; Turner and Lupton 2011).

The nutrition factors used for scoring Sheila G's Organic Thindulgent Dark Chocolate Bark, Wild Berry Almond
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.

Certified organic product [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 moderate processing concerns

Products with moderate and high processing concerns generally have more artificial ingredients, more ingredients that have been significantly modified from whole foods, and more ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

Certified organic product [read more]

Certified organic product

Certified organic food is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and free of genetically engineered ingredients. Certified organic meat and dairy must also be produced without antibiotics and artificial growth promoters or hormones.

Contains food additives of lower concern

EWG calculates that this product is 40% sugar by weight and contains 3 teaspoons of added and natural sugar per serving [read more]

EWG calculates that this product is 40% sugar b...

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).

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 a high level of saturated fat [read more]

Contains a high level of saturated fat

Saturated fat is not an essential nutrient and with increasing intakes there is a increased risk of coronary heart disease (IOM 2005a; USDA and DHHS 2010). For this reason it has long been known as a "bad" fat that raises the "bad" cholesterol, LDL. Numerous authoritative bodies support the recommendation to limit saturated fat to 10 percent of calories -- equivalent to a reasonable limit of 14 slices of bacon's worth of saturated fat a day (WHO 2002; USDA and DHHS 2010). A 2012 review by the Cochrane Collaboration, an independent non-profit organization, found that reducing or replacing saturated fat with other healthy fats reduced the risk of cardiovascular events by 14 percent (Hooper 2012). Other recent reviews have found that there in no evidence of a benefit from reducing saturated fat (Chowdhury 2014; Schwingshackl & Hoffmann 2014). While it's clear that we still have a lot to learn about how fats behave and contribute to disease, the evidence supporting a moderate level of saturated fat consumption remains strong and consistent.

Product has been classified as having moderate processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE (ORGANIC CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC COCOA BUTTER, ORGANIC SOY LECITHIN [AN EMULSIFIER], ORGANIC VANILLA), ORGANIC ALMONDS, ORGANIC WILD BERRY FLAVORED FRUIT BITS (ORGANIC APPLE PUREE CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC STRAWBERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC RASPBERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, CITRUS PECTIN, ORGANIC ELDERBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, ORGANIC LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, APPLE FIBER), SEA SALT.

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Selected Certifications and Seals

USDA Organic

Other Information

This product is certified organic and, therefore, was produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and free of genetically engineered ingredients. [read more]

This product is certified organic and, therefor...

Certified organic food must be produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Genetically engineered ingredients are not allowed. Synthetic preservatives and artificial colors are not allowed in processed foods. Meat and dairy ingredients must be produced without antibiotics and artificial growth promoters or hormones.

Contains ingredients derived from tree nut - these are considered major food allergens according to the FDA [read more]

Contains ingredients derived from tree nut - th...

While over 160 food ingredients may cause allergic reactions current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations stipulate that 8 major food allergens must be labeled on products. These allergens include; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Note: The presence of potential allergens does not affect the overall product score.

Nutrition Facts

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Amount Per 30 g
Calories
170

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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14.0 14.0 % Total Fat 11 g
6.0 6.0 % Total Carbs 15 g
% Protein 2 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

29.0 29.0 % Saturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
0.0 0.0 % Cholesterol 0 mg
0.0 0.0 % Sodium 2 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Sugars (Organic)

NUTRIENTS:

8.0 8.0 % Dietary Fiber 2 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
2.0 2.0 % Calcium
9.0 9.0 % Iron
3.0 3.0 % Potassium 140 mg

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

 

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