Why Should You Conduct a Nutritional Value Analysis?

Posted on December 30, 2015 by

Most people think that when the need a nutrition label they have to send their food product to a lab for nutrition analysis. While that's not actually required, and ReciPal exists so that you don't have to do that, sometimes you do want or need to have your product lab tested.

In this article we'll explore the scenarios where you'd want to do lab analysis, how you can do it cheaper with ReciPal and how it works. Read on!

Lab Nutrition Analysis

Working with a lab for nutrition analysis can be more accurate for certain foods.

When and Why Do Lab Analysis

There are a few classic cases where you should strongly consider doing a lab analysis, and these are when it's difficult to estimate the nutritional changes occurring during processing. These situations might include:

  • Fried foods (where you don't know how much oil is absorbed)
  • Broths (where you don't know what nutrients are released from bones or vegetables that are later strained)
  • Fermented foods (where it's unclear what and how much of the ingredients the yeast digests)

These are just a few examples, but hopefully give you an idea of the types of foods you would want to consider doing a lab analysis rather than working with a database. Of course, you can still do database analysis for these foods, but it will be less reliable and accurate unless you do a lot of research and know what you're doing.

In general, if you aren't comfortable doing a database nutrition analysis or hiring someone to do it accurately, and have the budget, you should think about doing a lab analysis instead. It will give you more peace of mind let you focus on the other aspects of your business instead.

Lab Analysis Through ReciPal

Fortunately for you, we at ReciPal have partnered with a lab that we've been working with for a while to offer discounted lab nutrition analysis that you can order directly through us. It's fairly straightforward how it works:

  • First, order the lab nutrition analysis.
  • It's $750 per sample, but can be less for multiple products or if the full test isn't required. Normally this is over $800.
  • Mail a 5 oz sample for each product to the lab.
  • Turnaround is 2-3 weeks to get your results back! It can be expedited, but for an additional fee.

Other Questions

That's about it. We're excited to offer this new service for our customers and help more companies get started!

Contact us (email, call, or chat) with any questions in general or about the process, volume discounts, different types of tests or tests for specific nutrients. We're always happy to chat and try to help.

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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