We are going to talk about how to read the Nutrition Facts label on the back of food packages. Tips for healthier living are everywhere today, it is often challenging to get the straight up facts. There are new foods and trends popping up what seems like every single day.
My goal in this article is to help you make informed choices when it comes to feeding your family.
First and foremost, we must always remember that fresh food is always best. Whenever possible, shopping on the perimeter of your grocery store will ensure that your family is consuming foods that are best for your overall health. However, life is busy and packaged foods are inevitable. This is why learning how to read the nutrition facts labels properly is crucial so that you know exactly what you are putting into your grocery cart.
I am doing this with help from a joint initiative of the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) and Health Canada.
TIP: Use the “Serving Size” in the Nutrition Facts table on packaged foods to compare similar foods.
After looking at the serving size, take a look at the % DV (daily value). By using the Serving Size and % DV in the Nutrition Facts table, you can choose foods that have more of the nutrients that you WANT like fibre and calcium, and less of those you don’t want, like saturated and trans fats and sodium.
5% DV or less is considered a little
15% DV or more is considered a lot
Be sure to visit Canada.ca/Nutritionfacts to learn more about nutrition facts labels and how to feed your family the healthiest foods as possible!
This post was a sponsored post. The opinions are completely my own.