March is Nutrition Month.

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Posted by cdombrow on 2013-03-1 11:22

The slogan this year is: Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy

 

To find out what Canadians are doing in terms of planning, shopping and cooking healthy meals Dietitians of Canada conducted an Ipsos Reid poll in the Spring, 2012. More than 2000 adults across Canada were surveyed online about their grocery shopping habits and this is what was found:

  • 63 per cent of Canadians struggle with making healthier food choices in the grocery store at least half the time they shop; more than one third struggle at least 75 per cent of the time.
  • 37 per cent plan meals in advance.
  • 67 per cent of Canadians prepare a grocery list before going shopping for food; that is they always or very often write a list.
  • 52 per cent of Canadians always or very often read the nutrition label on a food before purchasing. Only 11 per cent rarely or never read labels.
  • 58 per cent of Canadians report that they always or very often cook a balanced meal for themselves or their family. 


It can be difficult to try and figure out which are the healthier food choices when grocery shopping.  Look for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check symbol on participating products in the grocery store. Load up on vegetables and fruit, lower fat dairy products, whole grains and lean meats and meat alternatives such as tofu, beans and lentils.

It is great that so many Canadians are planning their food purchases before they go shopping.  This helps greatly with healthy eating and budgeting since you should only be buying what you need. Download our shopping list.

Reading nutrition facts tables is important. They provide you with the nutrition information about a product so that you can make an informed choice. I realize that you don’t always have time to read the labels or may not understand them when you do read them. When you see the Health Check logo on a product or menu item you know that the nutrient information has been reviewed by the Foundation registered dietitians and the product or menu item does fit into a healthy diet. If you need help understanding the Nutrition Facts Table, click here.

Planning and preparing healthy meals can be challenging. One of your best resources is Canada’s Food Guide. Find lots of nutrition information and best of all lots of delicious healthy recipes that are easy to prepare for every night of the week at healthcheck.org  .

Healthy food tastes great. Try some of our recipes today.

 

 

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