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He did have a valid point, especially when you consider that our nutrition labels are outdated and a source of misinformation.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.

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?

Listen to the interview here.


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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