Up Your Nutrition Know-How

We hear questions from consumers all the time, asking, “Is that low carb?”, "What are the types of vegetarian diets?" or “Oh, that dish is high in fibre!”. Our Test Kitchens are developing new recipes all the time, and to help consumers find types of dishes that suit their lifestyle, we’ve developed internal guidance on nutrient criteria and provided definitions for common vegetarian diets. The below definitions of vegetarian diets are used to define our recipes:

  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian: this diet includes dairy and eggs, but excludes meat, fish, seafood and poultry.
  • Pescatarian: this diet includes fish, seafood, dairy and eggs, but excludes meat and poultry.
  • Vegan: this diet excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and foods that contain these products. A vegan recipe should not include these ingredients
    • Honey
    • Gelatin
    • Meat & Poultry Stocks and Broths
    • Lard
    • Recipe Mixes that contain beef or chicken fat

The below nutrient criteria definitions are based on internal McCormick guidelines*:

NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE*

Fat conscious

Dish Type

Amount of fat/dish

Appetizer

≤ 3 g

Salads & Sides

≤ 3 g

Main Dishes

≤ 9 g

Desserts

≤ 3 g

Sodium conscious

Dish Type

Amount of sodium/dish

Appetizer

≤ 140 mg

Salads & Sides

≤ 250 mg

Main Dishes

≤ 480 mg

Desserts

≤ 250 mg

Fibre conscious

Dish Type

Amount of fibre/dish

Appetizer

≥ 3 g

Salads & Sides

≥ 3 g

Main Dishes

≥ 6 g

Desserts

≥ 3 g

Protein conscious

Dish Type

Amount of protein/dish

Main Dishes

≤ 10 g