AHA Revises Heart-Check Requirements

DALLAS — As part of its 2020 goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, the American Heart Association is modifying its Heart-Check Food Certification program to include fish, nuts and other foods that are high in monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

DALLAS — As part of its 2020 goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, the American Heart Association is modifying its Heart-Check Food Certification program to include fish, nuts and other foods that are high in monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

The AHA is also revising sodium allowances and implementing screening guidelines to limit added sugars and promote dietary fiber in certified products. To give manufacturers time to reformulate products, the requirements covering sodium, sugar and fiber won't take effect until 2014.