Nutrition

Nutrition

Everyone knows that this statement is true. In fact there is a lot of clinical research available to prove that if we eat according to Canada's Food guide we reduce our risk of a number of diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and many more.

Here are a few examples of promotional information that we may believe:

Sport drinks - are promoted to enhance athletic ability and that is the case for people who are extremely active (marathon/triathletes). These people require quick nutritants during their activity. The average sport drink contains 28 grams or 8 teaspoons of sugar in 1/2 to 3/4 of a bottle. Sugar does not enhance athletic performance, yet the sport drink industry clearly demonstrates an increase in performance if you drink their product. The truth is to perform better drink water before, during and after exercise and eat a banana, an orange or fresh pear after exercise or have a glass of milk after exercising. Any of these options and many others would rehydrate, and feed the athlete's body better overall than a sports drink.

Serving Sizes
- were developed to assist with recognizing the amount of nutrition in a serving of the product. Often the serving size on a container is much less than the amount in the container or the amount actually eaten. For example: most drink labels identify a serving size as 250ml. But the container itself may be 591ml or 750ml. So a drink label stating 28g of sugar per serving does not reflect the true amount of sugar in the product size. It could be up to 40 grams or more (that is 10 teaspoons of sugar in one drink). This discrepancy between serving sizes and product size holds true for most food items.

Fast Foods - The restaurant business/pre-packaged food industry would like us to believe that their food is the fastest most convenient way to eat based on our busy lifestyles. But if we think for a moment, how much time does it really take to grab a glass of milk, an apple and a piece of toast and head out? An egg cooks in about 2 min, a piece of fish in about 6 minutes, whole wheat pasta 7 minutes, steamed vegetables 8 to 10 minutes. Now that's fast food.

But with our busy lives what if we really don't have time to cook and we have to stop somewhere on the way. Why not stop at a grocery store? For the same $25 you would spend at a fast food restaurant you could purchase some fruit (1 or 2 bananas, an apple, a pear and some grapes), a small container of milk, 2 whole wheat buns and be out of the store for $10 to $15. You've saved some money and eaten a better meal in about the same amount of time as you would have spent at a drive thru.

Like all aspects of healthy living we always have a choice, and to ensure we make healthy choices it is very important that as a consumer we educate ourselves about:
Food nutrients
How to read food labels
Canada's food guide
How to buy healthy food
How to keep healthy food in the house

Each of these areas of information helps us to make solid choices about what we are going to eat.

Spend a minute or two on our website, begin your education process and regain some balance. Eat well, be active and stay healthy.

       
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