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1 HFA 4C– Food and Healthy Living Mrs. Filinov Food labelsHFA 4C– Food and Healthy LivingMrs. Filinov
2 What is Nutrition Labeling Nutrition labeling is information found on the labels of prepackaged foods.The legislated information includes:The Nutrition Facts tableThe ingredient listSome optional nutrition claimsDid you know?Nutrition labeling became mandatory for all prepackaged foods on December 12, This means that all food companies have to include nutrition labeling on their prepackaged foods.
3 Nutrition Facts TableThe Nutrition Facts table gives you information on the amount of 13 core nutrients and calories in an amount of food. Use this information and the % Daly Value, to choose and compare food products for a healthier you.Reading the ingredient list can also help you make better food choices.The Nutrition Facts table gives you information about:Calories13 core nutrients% Daily Value (% DV) of nutrientsAll of the information in the Nutrition Facts table is based on an amount of food. This amount is always found at the top of the Nutrition Facts table.
4 Why should you use the Nutrition Facts table? You can use the Nutrition Facts table to:Choose products more easily.Compare two products to make better food choices for you and your family.Learn about the nutrition information of the foods you eat.Better manage special diets.Increase or decrease your intake of any nutrient.
6 Nutrition Claims There are two types of nutrition claims on foods: Nutrient content claims and health claims.These claims must also follow certain rules from Health Canada to make sure that they are consistent and not misleading. These claims are optional and may be found on some food products.Nutrient content claims describe the amount of a nutrient in a food. A good source of iron is an example of a nutrient content claim.Health claims are statements about the helpful effects of a certain food consumed within a healthy diet on a person's health. For example, a healthy diet containing foods high in potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke and heart disease is a health claim.
7 Nutrient Claims Health Claims A health claim can help you choose foods that you may want to include as part of a healthy diet to reduce risk of chronic diseases.An example of a health claim is a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer.Keep in mind, because health claims are optional and only highlight a few key nutrients or foods, you still need to refer to the Nutrition Facts table to make food choices that are better for you.View the health claims and what they meanA nutrient content claim can help you choose foods that contain a nutrient you may want more of. Look for words such as:Source, such as source of fiberHigh or good source, such as high in vitamin A or good source of ironVery high or excellent source, such as excellent source of calciumA nutrient content claim can also help you choose foods that contain a nutrient you may want less of. Look for words such as:Free, such as sodium free or trans fat freeLow, such as low fatReduced, such as reduced in CaloriesKeep in mind, because nutrient claims are optional and only highlight one nutrient, you still need to refer to the Nutrition Facts table to make food choices that are better for you.View the nutrient content claims and what they mean
10 What about other claims? Other types of claims, often referred to as general health claims, have appeared in recent years on front-of-package labelling. They include broad "healthy for you" or "healthy choice" claims as well as symbols, logos and specific words.These claims are not developed by the government. Instead, they are developed by third parties or corporations. While it is required that the information be truthful and not misleading, consumers should not rely only on general health claims to make informed food choices.