Health Canada recently unveiled an updated food label reading resource on it’s website, featuring clear graphics and simple 3 step process to understand food labels. Those who completed our n4nn course have gained valuable insights into interpreting food labels, empowering them to make healthier dietary choices. Using food labels can help you compare and choose products so you can make an informed choice. Below is the information on Health Canada’s new 3 step method to interpret food labels.
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Use these three steps to understand food labels
- Find the amount of food:
The amount of food listed in the nutrition facts table is called serving size. The information in the nutrition facts table is based on this amount of food.
- Use % daily value:
The % daily value (% DV) tells you if a food product has a little or a lot of a certain nutrient:
- 5% DV or less is a little
- 15% DV or more is a lot
- Read the list of ingredients:
The list of ingredients lists all of the ingredients in a food product in order of weight. This means that the food product contains:
- more of the ingredients found at the beginning of the list
- less of the ingredients at the end of the list
Make a healthier food choice
When making a food choice or comparing two similar food products, choose those with less:
- saturated fats
Some nutrients you may want more of include:
Written by Lucia Weiler, BSc, RD, PHEc, Award-winning dietitian and Owner, n4nn
Source Heath Canada (2023) https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/tips-for-healthy-eating/use-food-labels-make-healthier-choices/