Food Labels

How To Read A Food Label When You Have Allergies

Allergic Living | Claire Gagné | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

By Claire Gagné, Senior Contributor Whether you’re new to food allergies or have been dealing with them for years, figuring out what is and ...

One Can of Regular Pop Contains More Than 150% of the Recommended Daily Intake of Added Sugar for Women. Why Aren't We Told?

Bill Haines | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

The American Heart Association recommends that the maximum daily intake of added sugar should be no more than 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men. One average (355 ml) can of regular pop contains 42 grams of sugar.

Phosphate Additives: The Next Trans Fat?

Kristin Wiens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kristin Wiens

Phosphorus is a mineral people rarely think about. Sure, it's important for bone health but it doesn't get nearly the same press and attention as calcium and vitamin D. That's because most of us get plenty of phosphorus in our diets from meat, milk, grains and, increasingly so, from processed food.

Stop the Heart and Stroke Foundation From Selling Candy Disguised as Fruit

Yoni Freedhoff M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Yoni Freedhoff M.D.

There's just no way to sugarcoat this. The Heart and Stroke Foundation, and specifically their Health Check program, in their selling of check marks to so called fruit leathers and fruit gummis, is overtly harming Canadian children's health -- a generation which quite literally is the sickest generation of kids in modern history.

Are Food Labels Fooling You?

Dain Wallis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Food labeling is extremely important for consumers, especially those of us who strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But what if labels aren't accurate? What if labels are ambiguous and misleading? What if most people don't fully understand how to read these labels? Unfortunately, these issues are all very real.

Even Health-Conscious Consumers Find It Hard to Maintain a Healthy Diet

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

It's a proven fact that most people change their eating habits and lifestyle choices only after a serious health scare such as a heart attack or a dia...

Can You Trust the Health Check Logo on Your Food?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

The Health Check program is meant to help those going to restaurants and fast food restaurants to make better menu choices. But when you search their product list for Health Check'd vegetables there are zero. Health Check is in need of a makeover. The program needs to promote fresh fruit not fruit juice; it needs to encourage eating at home not at restaurants. Or it needs to cease and desist.

Don't Be Tricked by Misleading Food Labels

Marni Wasserman | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Wasserman

Have you been misled by corporations marketing their food products? Most of us have. And we now mistakenly rely on food labels for an accurate picture of the nutritional value of the foods that we consume. If you want to achieve an overall healthier lifestyle, say goodbye to the following misleading terms...

Would Graphic Labels on Unhealthy Foods Stop You From Snacking?

Rose Reisman | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

The Ontario Medical Association has a controversial yet much needed idea of putting a graphic picture and warning of health risks on foods and beverages that have no nutritional value. Not very appetizing, but it has been done and worked for cigarette labels. So what's wrong with the information printed on foods today?

Got An Allergy? Canada's Food Labels Are Changing

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canadians will soon notice some additions to the labels on packaged foods they find on grocery store shelves _ changes designed to better pro...

Food Allergies? Shopping's About to Get a Lot Easier

Sara Zborovski | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada
Sara Zborovski

Did you know there are at least 17 "other" names for eggs, 12 for milk and eight for peanuts that are commonly used in food labels? Effective August 4, all Canadian food labels have to clearly indicate if the product contains one of the most common food allergens or gluten. And even better -- the labels have to disclose common names of the allergen, like milk, eggs, soy, etc. Can you hear that? That's the collective sigh of relief from food allergy sufferers and people with gluten intolerances!

5 Things You Should Know About Food Expiry Dates

CBC | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living

Checking the "best before" and "expiry date" labels on foods, from milk and cheese to bread and meats, is one of the first things consumers should do ...

Can Food Labels Be Misleading?

Rose Reisman | Posted 05.03.2012 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

How often do you walk through your supermarket and read luring food labels with terms such as lower sodium, lower fat, reduced calories, omega-3s, "Lite", organic or natural? And that's only the beginning! Often when you read between the lines you will find you're not getting the entire story.

Food Labels Don't Discourage Fat People

Timothy Caulfield | Posted 02.06.2012 | Canada Living
Timothy Caulfield

A massive food industry spending billions on marketing strategies that are aimed at convincing us to eat, eat, EAT. Can sterile food labels compete with images of sexy, hip (and invariably thin) youth enjoying a late-night "fourth meal," to paraphrase the insidiously ingenious Taco Bell advertisement campaign?