Nutritional Labels For Dummies

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Let’s face it: reading nutrition labels can be more confusing than assembling an IKEA bookshelf. With mind-boggling daily percentage requirements of this and that, sometimes we’d rather skip reading the nutritional facts altogether. That’s the problem, according to Health Canada, and a suspected reason for the 17% of Canadian young people who are overweight, and the 9% more who are obese. In fact, studies have proven that those who read food labels lose more weight than those who take part in regular exercise (though a combo of both are best!).

So what’s Health Canada doing to minimize the confusion and up the interest in scanning those pesky nutritional labels? Their new Nutrition Facts Education Campaign is going to make reading those oh-so-confusing labels a whole lot easier by breaking down foods to focus on, foods to avoid, and important nutrients to watch for, such as fibre, calcium and vitamins A and C. Here’s what you have to look forward to: click through an interactive nutrition label, play with tools and choose what and how much to eat, and learn how to compare different food items. We never thought we’d say this but…sounds like fun!

Though we try to avoid packaged food as much as possible, we say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Be wise when picking packaged food and use Health Canada’s shiny new easy-to-use guide to labeling to make healthy choices for you and your family.

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