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Health Check in the media

Date: 10-31-2013

Good afternoon

You may have seen some media coverage today involving Health Check and SunRype Fruit Bites. Our first recommendation to Canadians is to eat fresh vegetables and fruit and cook from scratch.  But reality is that they often don't, and parents tell us they struggle to get their kids to eat vegetables and fruit. As with most foods, moderation is key. Currently, SunRype fruit products meet the program criteria because they contain no added sugar, are 100% fruit based, and provide a source of fibre. Nutrient criteria for Health Check are developed by HSF registered dietitians and nutrition experts based on recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide. Please take a look here for more information about our criteria.

The HSF is currently in the process of developing a comprehensive position on sugar. We will be soliciting national and international experts to provide us advice on the most recent international evidence in this area in order to develop an evidence-based position on intake, which currently does not exist in Canada.

The bottom line is that Health Check criteria are constantly evolving. As Canada’s only neutral, third-party, not-for-profit food information program, we are helping move the dial and make positive changes to the food supply so Canadians will have better access to, and be able to identify, healthy food choices wherever they are.

Please watch our FAQ videos and explore our website for more information about the program and healthy eating.

We appreciate your continued support. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Terry Dean


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