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Focus on the facts: Chance to win $300 in free groceries

22/11/2016 Isabelle Racicot

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of time on my hands to go grocery shopping. When I do, I’m usually running through the aisles, making up a menu according to which products I see and inspire me. Worst of all, I often end up doing my groceries on an empty stomach, right before supper. I know, not very smart.

Eating well is important to me, but I don’t have hours to compare products and figure out the Nutrition Facts Table on every item. You know the feeling, right? That’s why, a little over a year ago, I became a Quebec ambassador for the Campaign Focus on the Facts. The aim of the campaign is to help parents and kids understand more rapidly and efficiently the Nutrition Table on food products, leading them to make healthier food choices.

This weekend, I was at Place Laurier, in Quebec city where I met kids and adults who were more than happy to better understand the Nutrition Facts Table. I believe the earlier our kids understand it, the easier it is for them to make conscious food choices.

If you still have trouble understanding the table, let me help make it easy for you. These are the facts you need to check:

  1. Serving Size:
    Start with serving size. Information on the NFt is based on this quantity of food. If you eat a different amount than the serving size, you will need to adjust the numbers. Check to see if the serving sizes are similar when comparing packaged food.
  2. Percent Daily Value:
    Use % of daily value to see if a serving size has a little or a lot of nutrients. Use % daily value to compare packaged food.
  3. Nutrient: 
    5 percent or less is a little and 15 percent or more is a lot. Choose packaged food that has more of the nutrients you want, like fibre and calcium, and less of those you don’t, like saturated and trans fats, and sodium.

You could win 300$ in free groceries

If you have any questions or want more information, go to FocusOnTheFacts.ca for a chance to win a $300 grocery gift card!