Nutrition Facts vs. Supplement Facts

Nutrition Facts vs. Supplement Facts

Why do some product labels have Nutrition Facts while others have Supplement Facts?

When reading some sports nutrition labels you may notice that it lists “Supplement Facts” instead of the “Nutrition Facts” that you are accustom to seeing on food and drink labels. This is an important distinction. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of food ingredients that they have tested and have determined to be “Generally Regarded as Safe” (GRAS). If a product uses ingredients that are on the GRAS list in quantities determined to be safe by the FDA then the product is considered a food and can be labeled with a Nutrition Facts label. However, if a product uses ingredients that are NOT generally regarded as safe or in quantities that have not been determined to be safe, then they are typically classified as nutritional supplements in which case they are labeled as such with a Supplement Facts label.

In other words, if you want to make a product with ingredients that have not been determined whether not they are safe for human consumption then you are free to do so with a Supplement Facts label. The label should read: Buyer Beware! Our advice? Stick to products with Nutrition Facts. If you feel you need to use a Supplement then do your research to know exactly what you are putting into your body. WebMD and other trusted sources have information on ingredients commonly found in supplements.

At Crank Sports we do not make supplements, never have, never will. All ingredients in both e-Gel and e-Fuel are generally regarded as safe by the FDA and are disclosed on the Nutrition Facts labels.

If you use SPORTS DRINKS, read these comparisons

Accelerade Accelerade Hydro Cytomax Clif SHOT Electrolyte First Endurance EFS FRS Gatorade GQ-6 Floid GU Brew GU Hydration Mix GU Roctane Hammer HEED Osmo Active Hydration Powerbar Endurance Skratch Hydration Tailwind UCAN

If you use ENERGY GELS, read these comparisons

GU GU Roctane Powerbar Gel Hammer Gel Clif SHOT Gel Clif SHOT Bloks EFS Liquid Shot Honey Stinger Gel Honey Stinger Waffles Huma Gel GLUKOS Gel Sport Beans

Banned and Controlled Substances

If you are a professional athlete, collegiate athlete or you compete in a sport with a governing body that prohibits the use of some substances (certain stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics, hormones, etc.), then you should be particularly cautious when using a product with a Supplement Facts label. Some banned substances are commonly found in supplements, and you’ll see them right on the label. However, it is also not uncommon for products to include ingredients that are not declared on the Supplement Facts label. In addition, nutritional supplements are generally produced in contract manufacturing facilities that produce hundreds of other supplements. In these environments cross contamination is not uncommon, where a banned substance may end up in a product due to inadequate sanitation procedures.