Looking for the American Heart Association's Heart-Check mark on food packaging in the grocery store is a good first step in creating a sensible eating plan. In Sept. 2011, changes and enhancements to the program were made to be inclusive of foods that can be building blocks to a heart-healthy dietary pattern.
To be certified, a product must meet the specific nutritional levels. These levels are based on a single serving size as specified by the FDA for an individual food (officially known as Reference Amount Customarily Consumed or RACC) unless otherwise specified. Other aspects of federal health claim regulations may also apply.
View this chart to see the nutrition guidelines.
It's just another reason why the heart-check mark is a symbol that you can trust when shopping for heart-healthy foods in the grocery store.
We do not currently certify: medical foods, dietary supplements, meal replacements, alcoholic beverages, candy or confections, desserts, any product containing stanol-sterols, any product whose end result per preparation instruction on the package does not meet our criteria, other products that do not align with American Heart Association Science, are inconsistent with AHA Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations, or product names that convey an unhealthy message that could adversely affect the credibility of the program.
No donations are used to support the Heart-Check program. Participating food manufacturers in the Food Certification Program pay an administrative fee to the American Heart Association which is used to cover program operating expenses.