The process of determining a food’s nutritional value is called nutritional analysis. It serves as an essential component of analytical chemistry and offers a variety of data that the company uses to educate customers about the makeup of the food.
This information covers micronutrients like salt and sugar as well as the nutrients that are frequently used on food labels for calories, protein, carbohydrate, and total fat.
Nutritional analysis is important in South Africa for several reasons.
- Firstly, South Africa has a high prevalence of malnutrition, with both undernutrition and over-nutrition being significant public
health concerns. Nutritional analysis testing can help to identify nutrient deficiencies or excesses in food products, which can be used to inform interventions to improve the nutritional status of the population.
- Secondly, South Africa has regulations in place that require food products to be labelled with nutritional information. Nutritional analysis testing is necessary to ensure that food manufacturers comply with these regulations and provide accurate information to consumers.
- Thirdly, nutritional analysis testing is important for food safety reasons. Food products that are deficient in certain nutrients or contaminated with harmful substances can pose a health risk to consumers. Nutritional analysis testing can help to identify these risks and inform appropriate action to protect public health.
Overall, nutritional analysis testing is important in South Africa to promote good nutrition, ensure food labelling compliance, and protect public health.