Eating nutritious food shouldn’t be complicated, but it can be when you’re not quite sure what it is you’re looking for in a food item. We’ve all heard “shop the perimeter of your grocery store” – which is a great trick to remember to remind yourself to purchase vegetables and fruits, whole grains, eggs & dairy, and lean meat. However, I do go into the aisles for baking supplies, gluten-free packaged goods, ready-made snacks for my kids, and canned sauces for meals, amongst other things. Which means, I need to face the labels!
Thankfully in Canada, we have the Nutrition Facts Table clearly marked on packaged goods. It’s so important that we know how to read the table and focus on the facts – using it is an invaluable tool to getting the nutrients that we need. Since everyone is different and we have unique dietary needs, the Nutrition Facts Table helps us identify whether a food item has a little or a lot of what we want (fibre, protein, vitamins) – or a little or a lot of what we don’t want (like too much sodium or high fat).
To test our family’s literacy of the Nutrition Facts Table, we were invited to the “Focus On The Facts” event at Carp Fair. The team on site quizzed my husband and I (who played against each other!) to test our knowledge. Our children are still a bit young to fully grasp percentages and values, however we are teaching them to recognize healthy foods and eat them too. During the quiz, for every right answer, we received a puck to play on the “Nutrition Fact-O” game. Our kiddos were happy to join in and we won reusable grocery bags and entries into a grand-prize grocery card draw.
By using the serving size and the percent daily value found in the Nutrition Facts Table you can easily find foods with the nutrients you want. Start with the servings size, then look at the percent daily value (%DV) and then use the %DV to see if the serving size has a little or a lot of a nutrient (5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot). I break it down further in this post and you can learn more at focusonthefacts.ca
Don’t worry, if you didn’t get to the Carp Fair last weekend, you can join the fun with the online quiz. Visit the Focus On The Facts website to take the quiz and be entered to win a $300 grocery gift card. You can test your knowledge daily for even more chances of winning! How cool is that? This is such a great way to get you and your family up to speed on the facts.
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In addition, we’ve teamed up with the “Focus On The Facts” campaign to give one lucky Canadian reader of The Best of this Life a $100 Grocery Gift Card! You can enter in the widget below. Good luck!
Do you use the Nutrition Facts Table? How does it help you out?
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This piece is in collaboration with the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign. Opinions are personal.