Q. I have been entering my 100 gram nutritionals in Genesis. While entering one of the ingredients I see that they do not mention any water in the 100 gram nutritional but on the specification sheet it states the moisture is 14-16 %. Does moisture equal water? Also, is there a list of nutrients that I SHOULD enter in Genesis (or critical elements that should be entered all of the time)?
A. Yes, enter the moisture value in the water field. Start with the midpoint of the range, knowing that you can adjust within the range as needed to make the proximates (water, ash, fat, carbohydrate, protein, alcohol) add up to the total weight.
For labeling, you want 100% complete data in all foods for the nutrients that you are reporting. So, if you are reporting the mandatory nutrient set, that would be: Calories, Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrate, Dietary Fiber, Sugar, Added Sugars, Protein, Vitamin D, Potassium, Calcium, Iron.
If you are fortifying products, you will need to include the fortified nutrients as well. If you are making a label claim about certain nutrients, you will need to include those.
Moisture/water values are important if you are applying a moisture loss to your formula.
Consider your labeling needs and the information required to support your labels.