Make Use of the Information
Depending on your nutrition and health goals, some parts of the label may be particularly useful. Here are a few ways it can help you make smart food choices:
- Calorie check: Calories count - especially when you are working towards a healthy weight.
- Check out the serving size: The amount of calories and nutrients listed on the label refer to this serving size. If you eat more or less of a food, adjust accordingly. The serving size is only a recommendation and may be more or less than what is appropriate for your healthy living goals.
- Read the ingredient list: It can help with food choices - especially if you have food sensitivities or allergies and want to know if specific ingredients are in a product.
- Compare products: The food label can help you choose the product that's best for you.
Kraft Canada has worked with the Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association in the development of their Healthy Eating is in Store for You program. This initiative is designed to help Canadians understand the new nutrition labelling. Visit the website http://www.healthyeatingisinstore.ca/.