Nutrient Criteria

The Health Check program is designed to improve the overall health of Canadians by helping consumers identify healthy food choices. The Health Check nutrient criteria developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s registered dietitians are based on the recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide and reflect scientific evidence, labeling regulations, nutrition trends, eating habits of Canadians, market realities and technology.

All Health Check grocery products and menu items must meet the program’s nutrient criteria depending on the food category. For example:

  • Fat (quantity and type)
  • Fibre
  • Sodium
  • Carbohydrates
  • Certain vitamins and minerals

Detailed information on the program’s nutrient criteria is available here.

Health Check has made a number of changes to strengthen its nutrient criteria, which are rolling out in two phases. The first set of changes announced in December 2007, is based on the recent revisions to Canada’s Food Guide and will take effect by December 28, 2009. The second set of changes focuses on reducing sodium and must be in place by November 1, 2010. All new products and menu items must meet the new criteria immediately.

Health Check’s recent changes to sodium, trans fat and fibre criteria reflect our commitment to improving the food supply and the health of Canadians.

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Recipe of the Week

Roasted Vegetable Buns with Spicy Spread

Tips of the Week

Include plain frozen and canned fruit and veggies with reduced sodium and sugar in your winter diet.

Question of the Week

Are frozen and canned fruit and veggies a good alternative to fresh produce?