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Remember that quality is important! Look at the overall content of your food, not just one healthy ingredient.
One healthy ingredient doesn’t necessarily make a food a healthy choice. For example, cheesy popcorn starts off with a healthy ingredient: whole grain popcorn. But the final product has almost as much fat and more sodium than potato chips.42 When shopping, read food labels and consider a food’s overall nutrient content. Look for the nutrients it does have, not just nutrients it doesn’t have. For example, just because a food is free of fat, sugar or salt, that doesn’t automatically make it healthy. In fact, some foods that are low in fat and salt, such as candy and pop, can be high in sugar and calories and low in nutrients. Choose foods that have more of the nutrients you want, such as fibre, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Don’t judge a food by one ingredient alone!For example, choose for snack a yogurt that is low in fat but also high in protein, such as Greek-style yogurt. Bonus item! Look for a Percentage of Daily Value (% DV) higher than 15% for a good amount of vitamins and minerals. This article is based on an article published by Dietitians of Canada. To learn more, visit the Dietitians of Canada websites(…)Read more
Use the labels! Consult percentages and compare products.
When you know how to read nutrition labels, shopping for healthier food gets a little easier. The Nutrition Facts table has information on the calories and nutrients in a specific serving size of food. You can check the serving size and compare it to how much food you actually eat. The % Daily Value (%DV) on the Nutrition Facts table shows you if a food has “a little” or “a lot” of a nutrient. For example, 5% DV or less is a little of any nutrient, and 15% DV or more is a lot for any nutrient. You can use the % DV to compare food items and make better choices.A probiotic yogurt containing 15% DV of vitamin D for example indicates that this food contains“a lot” of this vitamin, therefore it can help you meet your daily vitamin D requirements.When you’re shopping, read food labels to compare brands.Look at the ingredients list. Check the Nutrition Facts tables to compare serving sizes, nutrient amounts and % DV. Choose foods that have more vitamins, minerals and fibre, and less fat, sodium and sugar.43 Bonus item!Remember to check the “best before” date when you buy perishable foods and consume them before the(…)Read more
Choose colour! Take the time to wander the fruit and vegetable section to add colour and crunch to your cart.
The greater the variety of vegetables and fruit you have at home, the more of them you’ll eat, especially if you put them where you can see them!47 Vegetables and fruit are filled with vitamins,minerals and fibre. A diet rich in vegetables and fruit promotes good health and can help you manage your weight.48 49 50 Add to your grocery cart brightly coloured broccoli, squash, kale,melons, berries and more. Don’t forget about mushrooms,cauliflower and pale green cabbage; they may not be bright,but they are healthy choices too.Be sure to eat the veggies and fruit you buy. Try these tasty tips47: • Place a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter for quick, tasty snacks. • Garnish diced fresh fruit with Greek-style vanilla yogurt for a fruity snack that’s also a healthy treat. • When you reach for a mid-afternoon snack, pick veggies instead of salty snack foods. Keep fresh veggies in the fridge, cut up and ready to eat. • At meals, offer more than one vegetable. Fill half of your plate with veggies – the more you have on your plate, the more you’ll eat. Bonus item! Yogurt is an ideal ingredient for seasoning vegetables! Use it to(…)Read more