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Daiya Salted Caramel Crunch Duets, Salted Caramel Crunch

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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

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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 contains 4 teaspoons of added and natural sugar per serving [read more]

Contains low calorie sweeteners: Stevia [read more]

Contains 23% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring calcium [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

Contains 1 added fiber ingredient(s): Chicory Extract [read more]

Contains 1 added fiber ingredient(s): Chicory E...

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 Daiya Salted Caramel Crunch Duets, Salted Caramel Crunch
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]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

This product has 2 ingredients with concerns as well as some contamination 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 high 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

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

EWG calculates that this product contains 4 teaspoons of added and natural sugar per serving [read more]

EWG calculates that this product contains 4 tea...

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 low calorie sweeteners: Stevia [read more]

Contains low calorie sweeteners: Stevia

Low calorie sweeteners were designed to impart a sweet taste without the calories or glucose effects of sugar. However there is insufficient evidence that they reduce overall calorie intake, aid with weight loss or improve overall health (Gardner 2014; Shankar 2013). Instead low calorie sweeteners may condition people to crave sweet foods (Mattes 2009) and therefore eat fewer servings of healthy foods (IOM 2007). The IOM recommends that schools not serve diet foods or beverages to young children (IOM 2007). In the meantime EWG concludes that people should limit their consumption of sugar and low calorie sweeteners, advice echoed by other nutrition experts (Swithers 2013; Shankar 2013).

Contains 23% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 23% 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).

Good source of naturally occurring calcium [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring calcium

Calcium is necessary for strong bones and decreasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture. Calcium is also important for healthy muscles and nervous system function.

Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron

Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is also necessary for normal growth and development. Seafood, poultry and meat are good sources of well-absorbed heme iron. Absorption of iron from plant sources including beans, lentils and spinach can be increased by eating them with vitamin C-rich foods like lemon juice or tomato sauce.

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic

Rice plant naturally takes up arsenic from the water in the soil. The concentration of arsenic in this product will depend on the amount of rice-based ingredient used. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/content/arsenic-contamination-in-rice

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

SALTED CARAMEL COCONUT YOGURT ALTERNATIVE (FILTERED WATER, COCONUT CREAM, CANE SUGAR, CARAMEL SYRUP, PEA PROTEIN ISOLATE, CREAMED COCONUT, POTATO PROTEIN ISOLATE, CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, POTATO STARCH, VEGAN NATURAL FLAVORS, RICE STARCH, LACTIC ACID (VEGAN), TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SEA SALT, TAMARIND SEED GUM, LOCUST BEAN GUM, VANILLA EXTRACT, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, GUAR GUM, AGAVE, L. PLANTARUM, L. CASEI, VITAMIN D YEAST, STEVIA, VITAMIN B12), PRALINE PUMPKIN SEEDS (PUMPKIN SEEDS, CANE SUGAR, RICE SYRUP, SEA SALT), SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE (CANE SUGAR, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER), GRANOLA (CANE SUGAR, SORGHUM, RICE SYRUP, QUINOA, COCONUT OIL, VEGAN NATURAL FLAVORS, CARAMEL COLOR, SALT).

*Older Product

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*Discontinued Product

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Other Information

Certified free of genetically engineered ingredients [read more]

Certified free of genetically engineered ingred...

This product is certified or advertises itself to be free of ingredients that were genetically engineered or derived from genetically engineered crops. 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 does not affect the score of a product.

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

1.0 servings per container

Serving Size

1 container

Amount Per 145 g
Calories
230

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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14.0 14.0 % Total Fat 11 g
% Protein 6 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

Trans Fat 0.0g
15.0 15.0 % Sodium 340 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Cane Sugar, Rice Syrup, and Agave

NUTRIENTS:

Vitamin D (no value on present label)
15.0 15.0 % Calcium
10.0 10.0 % 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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