WHO versus US FDA RDA Nutritional Information – Womens Horlicks

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So after purchasing a very nice-looking product from a local ethnic market – Horlick’s “Womens Horlicks”which as an interesting product category is the first Horlicks malted milk mix that excludes sweeteners of any kind (so that the individual can choose how much sugar or sweetener to add.)

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US FDA RDA Nutritional Information - Womens Horlicks
US FDA RDA Nutritional Information – Womens Horlicks

Curiosity led me to peel off the Import nutritional label mandated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which looks like this:

The World Health Organization (WHO) standard labeling is underneath the USDA label:

WHO World Health Org RDA Label - Womens Horlicks

USFDA RDA Nutrition Facts vs  | WHO Data
Serving Size: 3 tsp (30g)     |   Per 100g
Servings per Container: 11    |   --- 
Calories:         80          |   365
Calories from Fat: 0          |   ---
Total Fat         0g          |     1g
Saturated Fat:    0g          |   ---     
Trans Fat:        0g          |   ---     
Cholesterol:      0mg         |   ---     
Sodium:           100mg       |   ---     
Total Carbohydrate: 20g       |  72.8g
Fiber:            0g          |   ---     
Sugars:           0g          |     0g     
Protein:          0g          |   ---     
Ideal Quality Protein ---     |  15.0g
Vitamin A         2%          |   275mcg  33%
Vitamin C         20%         |  75.0 mg 100%
Calcium           40%         | 1666.7mg 100%
Iron              60%         |  49.0 mg 100%
Vitamin B1        ---         |    0.6mg  33%
Vitamin B2        ---         |    1.8mg 100% 
Vitamin B6        ---         |    2.2mg 100%
Vitamin B12       ---         |   4.0mcg 100%
Vitamin B4        ---         |      1mg  33%
Vitamin D         ---         |   2.8mcg  33%  
Vitamin K         ---         |   0.3mcg  33%
Folic Acid        ---         | 666.7mcg 100%
Magnesium         ---         |    121mg  33%
Zinc              ---         |    2.7mg  33%
Selenium          ---         |  14.3mcg  33%
Niacin            ---         |    7.7mg  33%
Biotin            ---         |  16.5mcg  33%
Pantothenic Acid  ---         |    2.8mg  33%
Iodine            ---         | 82.5 mcg  33%

US RDA Ingredients: Malt Extract, Milk Solids 
(Dry Milk Powder), Hydrolyzed Corn Solids, Calcium 
Carbonate, Salt, Cocoa Powder, Potassium Bicarbonate 
(Acidity Regulator), Ascorbic Acid (C), Nicotinamide 
(B3), Riboflavin (B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Synth B1),
 Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D1, Vitamin B12.

WHO Ingredients: Malt Extract (40%), Milk Solids (35%),
 Hydrolysed Corn Solids, Minerals, Chocolate Powder, 
Cocoa Powder, Nature Identical Flavouring Substances, 
Salt, Acidity Regulator (INS501), Vitamins

Produced by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, Ltd. 
India under license from Horlicks Ltd. UK

And I, for one, find the differences fascinating.  I know the WHO standardized “Per 100g” so that consumers could judge intake between different kinds of foods regardless of serving size.  So if you take the US RDA x3, it approximates pretty well the WHO statistics.

You can see where the FDA insists on a break-down of any specific ingredients (“Minerals”, “Vitamins”) but omits any natural flavorings that may be part of another combined product (“Dry MIlk Powder”, “Cocoa Powder”).

The World Health Organization on the other hand, is quite specific in the nutritional content by vitamin or mineral element, and not so interested in Fat break-down or Sodium and Cholesterol content.

Neither organization is currently policing Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), organic or natural nomenclature, or processing information.

I find it interesting that the disclaimer portions of the label are quite different.  WHO warns, “Contains Nature Identical Flavouring Substances” presumably targeted to people worried about artificial flavorings and colorings (flavourings and colourings.)

US FDA warns, “Contains: Milk Powder” and “Made in a facility that uses treenuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat and peanuts” presumably for allergenic purposes.

Which standard (WHO or US FDA) do you think gives you a better idea of what you’re eating?


2012 Orange County Interfaith Music Festival Photos

Some collected images of this monumental event – with Great Thanks to all who participated and attended!

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This year’s united gathering of spiritual organizations for the sharing of music, spirit and faith was generously hosted at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California. With an audience of over 800 community attendees, this free annual charity event is hosted each year to foster sharing of cultural beliefs and demonstrating the commonality and unity among all the religions of the world. This year, with the theme of Reaching Out Through Music, attendees enjoyed performances and presentations from representatives of Judaism, Hindu, Baha’i, Sikh, Anglican, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, Zoroastrian and Shinnyo-en traditions followed by a reception for individual dialogue and cultural exchange.

For those on Facebook: more photos from our PR representative Karin Rogers:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3896489453036.2136667.1303091248&type=1

Western Digital My Book 111a This Media is Write Protected (Read Only)

Bought 3 of these Western Digital 3TB My Books from BandH.com because I wanted the core drives out of them (the $130 price per unit was less than buying the bare drives, so go figure…) They happened to be the Mac versions (p/n WDBAAG0030HCH-02 to be exact, Model 111a), which differ only by what software is pre-loaded on the maintenance partition (from here – http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=125&lang=en ).

Guts of a My Book 111a USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Guts of a My Book 111a USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Decided to re-use the flimsy, but working plastic enclosures for a left-over Seagate 750GB drive.  Connected everything and using the working sequence of power-plug first, power on using the little button, then plug in the USB connector.

Bink! The drive appears as a CD-ROM. A genuine read-only ROM drive.  Cool (not.) Can’t format it, partition it, wipe it, nothing.

Google’d all over the place, and everyone was unplug-this, it’s your OS, it’s a bad USB.  But I noticed in the Device Manager, I had a missing driver for a “TUSB3410 Boot Device”.  So took care of that by finding Texas Instrument’s original driver at: http://www.ti.com/product/tusb3410 – that cleared the yellow exclamation point.

Then tried the suggested “WD Quick Formatter” utility from the WD website but kept receiving the same “This Media is Write Protected” error and the utility ends in error and exits.  Hm…

On a hunch, I tried next the “WD SES Driver” – that installed fine, but didn’t change anything (and doesn’t hurt anything – it adds a specialised SCSI extension to allow access to some of the firmware features on the circuit board (LED controls, remote On/Off, etc.)

Finally, I tried the “WD Universal Firmware Updater for Windows” and it at first complained that there was a problem accessing the drive, but try:

  1. Use safely remove hardware to unplug the drive (click USB tray icon and Eject),
  2. Power down the drive using the button (hold for about 5 secs.),
  3. Unplug the USB cable,
  4. Unplug the power cord from the My Book,
  5. Re-connect the power cord,
  6. Press power button to turn it back on,
  7. Re-connect the USB cable and let the PC recognize the drive,
  8. Press [Retry]

And for whatever reason, it nicely reformatted the drive as NTFS and re-wrote the firmware back on the drive.  At that point, I was able to use standard Drive Management to re-format it back to FAT32 (what I needed), and everything is perfectly normal.

==== Addendum 11/13/2012 –

I’ve reused one of the My Book enclosures with an older smaller SATA drive (happens to be a Seagate) and was running into a problem that MANY buyers of the cheaper My Book external drives have been facing:

You plug it in, and try to start it, and the front LED just blinks.  You hold the reset button, and it still blinks.  You leave the power off for an hour, plug it back in, and it still just blinks.  Leave it overnight, and it powers on normally.  Turn it back off and try to restart it, and it just blinks again (no drive spin-up.) [Link to Western Digital’s Community Forum discussion on this topic: http://community.wdc.com/t5/External-Drives-for-Mac/WD-Elements-2TB-External-hard-drive-BLINKING-LIGHT-Problem/m-p/503802#M6647]

What did I just discover?

11/13/2012 – SOLVED (for the blinking light on power-on).  Okay this was a really dumb idea.  But all I did when I turned it off and it wouldn’t turn back on (unplugged everything and kept the power off for at least 30 minutes and still only got the blinking light.  I stuck the My Book in the freezer for 5 minutes.  (Yes…that’s what I just did.)

Just took it out, with a cold plastic case, plugged it in, and it powered on perfectly.

I have never had to refrigerate a USB hard drive controller to get it to reset, but this is a totally new one for me.