Is Health Canada leading us astray?

Last month I wrote about Savvy Diner, Toronto Public Health’s   campaign in support of restaurant menu labelling and raising awareness about the calorie and sodium content of restaurant meals. 

Jason Osler, a reporter with CBC radio, interviewed me and asked some compelling questions about whether we are knowledgeable enough about what the information posted would actually mean.

He did have a valid point, especially when you consider that our nutrition labels are outdated and a source of misinformation.  We are constantly bombarded with figures that lead us astray.

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The Daily Value listed on food packages is 2400 milligrams yet the daily recommendation is only 1500 milligrams.  So when you see a nutrition label which lists 750 milligrams of sodium as being around 30 % of your Daily Value instead of the 50 % it really is, how are we really supposed to be making enlightened choices?

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Listen to the interview here.

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Do you feel that you could make informed decisions if you were presented with nutrition information on a menu board? Please share in the comment section below.

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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