Friday, April 13, 2012

Nutrition Facts

Did you know Canada.. on March 27 I attended a webinar on Nutrition Facts. The panelists included Phyllis Tanaka from Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Dr. Hasan Hutchison from Health Canada Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion and Sue Mah, a registered dietician and owner of Nutrition Solutions.

We learned about how Canadians make more informed food choices by using the quickest and simplest tool available - the % Daily Value found on the Nutrition Facts table.

The % Daily Value is a quick and easy way for you to know if a packaged food contains a little or a lot of a nutrient. This information will help you when choosing and deciding between products.

Check out the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC), a collaboration of Health Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada.








I was sent an awesome bag of goodies filled with products that are displaying and supporting the % Daily Value found on the Nutrition Facts table. It's everyday food that you can find this information on, like fruit snacks for the kids, taco kits, breakfast shakes, yogurt, peanut butter cups and cereal.

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50 comments:

  1. It's always important to know nutritional values on the foods we consume! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I am an avid, AVID label reader. I read every label of every new item I purchase. Even the old ones I check once in awhile to see if the recipe has changed. I am looking out for calories, fat, sodium and bad ingredients like HFCS and the long list of stuff. The less the ingredients the better! I also look at the serving size in comparison to the nutritional value. :D

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  3. Thank you for sharing such important information.

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  4. i buy a lot of staples that I'm familiar with, but if i'm ever lookign to change things up or try something new, I check - becuase I'm often astounded my sodium amounts in so many prepackaged items.

    penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

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  5. Yes I do check them out I have a few defiencies so I always take a look to see if it has something for me

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  6. A lot of the foods I buy, I'm already familiar with the nutritional label. I do however check it out on new products or when I am looking to replace one of my current products with something that may be healthier.

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  7. I try to check nutrition labels on foods,especially since hubby is diabetic.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I do check them - I often compare brands with the same product (especially to check the sodium levels)

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  9. I absolutely check them. Takes some doing tho with serving sizes used.
    Janette

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  10. I always try to look at the labels. Sounds like a great webinar.

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  11. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check the serving sizes - you can't read the rest of the label without knowing the portion that you are dealing with

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  12. definitelY! always looking for fiber content and also saturated fat content

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  13. I'm an avid label reader but pay more attention to the ingredients....if there are more than 5 or 6 and names I can't pronounce I pass...

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  14. I check the Nutrition Facts on the labels.

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  15. I do try to keep tabs on the nutritional labels when I shop! I try to watch for sugars and calories,esp.

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  16. Yes I do sometimes. Probably not as often as I should.

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  17. I try to check the labels, but confess I should probably be doing it more often.
    andreajason20 at yahoo.ca

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  18. I do check them as my teenage daughter has type 1 diabetes and she needs to watch her Carb and sugar intake.

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  19. April 14- I have been reading labels for some years now and even more diligent now that my husband has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Everyone should know how to do this for their own health and their families. -el03ro

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  20. Yes, we always check labels, percentages, etc. of the foods we purchase!

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    Anne Taylor

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  21. I check on some things but I must admit not on other things (perhaps because I alrady know it's not going to be good so I don't bother looking...lol)

    Jessica Bleasdale (JACB)
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    Jessica Bleasdale (JACB)
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  23. I always look for sodium content mainly on the Nutritional Daily Value label
    Serena Debolt

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  24. Yes,,I sometimes do,but not all the time. I usually do when comparing 2 items.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  25. i check the % daily value for calcium, but otherwise usually look at list of ingredients and saturated fat.

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  26. I always check the nutrition labels on everything,particularly on the food I give my family. I am always amazed at some of the nasty stuff that is put in our food. Reading the labels is pretty important!

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  27. I almost always check out the nutrition facts.

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  28. Most of the time I do!!

    dalleykt at live dot ca

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  29. I do on some items but not on others. I usually do on what I consider healthy food but for junk food I don't even want to know!

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  30. I usually don't check the % daily value while I'm buying the product. I'm more apt to look at it when I'm actually eating the product.

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  31. I occasionally check the % daily value on the nutrition table.

    tinalee351 at gmail dot com

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  32. Sometimes I check the % daily value on the nutrition table.
    Cheers.

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  33. I check them once in a while when I shop but not as I should

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com
    belinda mcnabb

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  34. Sometimes, especially if its a product i am unfamiliar with, but probably not as much as I should. certain products the kids just want and i buy them without looking.

    andrea (underscore) hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

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  35. I usually check the sodium levels in snack food, but that's about it.
    Debbie

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  36. I rarly look.
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

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  37. I don't look at the labels of products I'm familiar with, but if I'm looking to buy a new product or if I'm comparing a few similar products, I do.

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  38. I sometimes look at the labels especially if it is a new product or I have more time to shop

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  39. Yes, I usually look at the labels.
    cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

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  40. I usually check the calories and fat but not always the percents
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    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  41. I sometimes check this - especially for the sodium content. I can never remember what is the daily limit for that. And in some of my kids things for the vitamin/minerals content.

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  42. I usually read the nutrition label on products. At times it can be shocking how much sodium or calories are in a product!
    gibberish (Julie G. rafflecopter name)

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  43. no I don't. But I really should start!

    jmbarata21@hotmail.com

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  44. I try to remember to check the daily values on items, but sometimes I just toss things in the shopping cart. LoL.

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  45. I sometimes check the daily values on items but I really should check them more often!
    mailsforanu at yahoo dot ca

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  46. No, I never check.
    Laura snookie_pooathotmaildotcom

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  47. Yes I do check the nutrition list on the back of foods. I usually look for sugar and sodium content!

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  48. Yes. Many a snack has been left behind based on the nutritional info.

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  49. I'm ashamed to say that I never read the labels on anything

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  50. Not while shopping but I tend to look at them now and then when I get home. Buyers remorse can set in on some products.

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