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You've probably noticed nutrition claims on packaged foods when you've gone grocery shopping. Boxes, cartons, cans and bags filled with some of our favourite foods all seem to be screaming "fat free," "low sodium," or "light."
Almost two thirds of adults in Canada are overweight or obese, according to Statistics Canada -- a dramatic increase that has taken place over the last 30 plus years. Unfortunately the increase in obesity rates has also affected our children. It's cold comfort to find that Canada is not alone.
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For the second time since 2007, Canada's nutrition labels are being revised. While the new labels are an important step in the right direction, I've broken down the good and the bad of what I feel, as a dietitian, are the most important changes on the labels.
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As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.
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It is not too late to exercise your democratic rights and voice your opinions. I may not be old enough to vote in the polls yet, but I am definitely old enough to vote at the cash register. I have also had the honour and privilege to speak with thousands and thousands of people across Canada about GMOs, and it's pretty clear.
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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.