As I am tracking my food right now, I rely on nutrition information to fill in my daily menu on Fitday. I recently placed an order with US Wellness for things like liverwurst and sausage. I have looked on their site and cannot find any nutrition info for their products. Any suggestions? Thanks.
asked byBrad (1982)
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on March 20, 2011
at 11:48 PM
Following up on RobS's helpful comment, I decided to calculate the stats for one pound of US Wellness Meats' liverwurst using CRON-O-Meter:
- 750 cal
- 43 g fat (14 g mono, 20 g sat, 3 g poly, not accounting for grassfedness; their fat subfractions never quite add up to the total amount of fat)
- 80 g protein
- 6 g carbs
Vitamins, with Percentage of RDA (not sure which population's RDA)
- B1 (Thiamine): 0.9 mg (75%)
- B2 (Riboflavin): 7.3 mg (562%)
- B3 (Niacin): 36 mg (1775%)
- B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 15 mg (904%)
- B6 (Pyridoxine): 2.7 mg (2724%)
- B12 (Cyanocobalalmin): 117 ug (4868%)
- Folate: 493 ug (123%)
- Vitamin A: 24250 IU (808%)
- Vitamin C: 12 mg (30%)
- Vitamin D: 108 IU (54%)
Minerals, with Percentage of RDA (not sure which population's RDA)
- Calcium: 685 mg (68%)
- Copper: 14 mg (1565%)
- Iron: 23 mg (281%)
- Magnesium: 82 mg (21%)
- Manganese: 0.6 mg (26%)
- Phosphorus: 1390 mg (199%)
- Potassium: 1300 mg (28%)
- Selenium: 230 ug (418%)
- Sodium: 425 mg (28%)
- Zinc: 14 mg (124%)
on February 13, 2011
at 04:45 AM
Like most food companies, US Wellness lists ingredients. Nutrients are something else. If you want to estimate nutrients, you have to look them up in the USDA database or use a program like Chron-o-meter that automates the process for you. Here's an example.
We start with the ingredients. US Wellness says its liverwurst contains the following ingredients: 30% trim, 30% liver, 20% heart, 20% kidney.
We look up the ingredients in the USDA database which is here:
The items whose descriptions most closely match the US Wellness ingredients are these:
- Beef, variety meats and by-products, mechanically separated beef, raw (Trim)
- Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw (Liver)
- Beef, variety meats and by-products, heart, raw (Heart)
- Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw (Kidneys)
The next step is to create a custom food (the liverwurst) in a program like Chron-o-meter. We enter those four ingredients in the appropriate amounts, and voila, the program displays dozens of nutrient numbers for the liverwurst as a whole.
Depending on the program, you may have to convert those percentages to grams. There are 440 grams in the package, so we've got 132 g trim, 132 g liver, 88 g heart, and 88 g liver.
The n-3 and n-6 lipid numbers won't reflect the fact that this is grass fed meat. If you want to adjust for that fact you can make estimates of lipid contents based on published analyses (which have numbers all over the map) and enter the numbers by hand into Chron-o-meter or another program of that kind.