The United States Nutrition Facts Label Guidelines for Labeling Ground Whole Flaxseed

Source: Kelley Fitzpatrick, MSc

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government body in the United States responsible for assuring that foods sold in the U.S. are safe, wholesome, and properly labeled. The Nutrition Facts label is required on most packaged foods. The Nutrition Facts label for ground whole flaxseed shows a serving amount of 2 TBSP or 16 g. The serving size is the basis for determining the number of calories, amount of each nutrient, and the % Daily Values of a food. The nutrients that must be included in the Nutrition Facts table are calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.