Resources for Consumers

Learn the Nutrients in Foods

USDA Nutrient Database

Find nutrient information on nearly 8,000 foods using this resource. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items. USDA Nutrient Database

Food Groups

The CDC site provides info on the five food groups, based on the Dietary Guidelines for America (2010): vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and a protein group, which includes meat, poultry, fish, legumes and nuts. Food Groups

Choose My Plate

The amount of food you need to eat from each group depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. For information about the food groups and the recommended daily amounts visit Choose My Plate

Understanding Food Labels

Basic Labeling Requirements

Labels must communicate the following:

  • The “Common” Name of the Product - The word “honey” must be visible on the label. The name of a plant or blossom may be used if it is the primary floral source for the honey. 
  • Net Weight - The net weight of the product (excluding packaging), both in pounds/ounces and in metric weight (g) must be included in the lower third of your front label panel in easy-to-read type. 
  • Ingredients - Single ingredient products (such as honey) do not have to name that single ingredient when already used in the common or usual name on the front panel. 
  • Contact Information - The label must let consumers know who put the product on the market and how to contact that person. 

Nutritional Labeling

  • Nutritional labeling is mandatory for most foods. 
  • If there are certain descriptors such as “healthy” on a label, there must be a nutritional label on the product – even if the product is otherwise exempt. 
  • Trans Fat Labeling Guidelines - The composition of honey does not include fat, and therefore does not include trans fats.

Country of Origin Labeling

  • If the honey comes from outside the U.S., the country of origin must be conspicuously included on the label with words like “Product of…”

Organic Labeling Requirements

  • Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a USDA-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
  • The USDA Organic seal on a product indicates that a product is at least 95 percent organic.

Teach your kids about Honey

Honey Simplified

Honey Simplified

This brochure does a great job of describing in very simple terms “How Honey Gets From Hive to Bottle”. Clear illustrations show the step-by-step process, and emphasize how nothing is added to the honey along the way.

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