I’ve mentioned in the past how my mom’s attention to nutritional content in food was something that always stuck with me into my adult years. She was determined to raise healthy children and as a result, we are all quite healthy adults having learned so much from her habits. To this day, I remember her telling us we could pick any cereal we wanted, as long as sugar wasn’t one of the first ingredients listed. I was actually a little shocked (and a lot disappointed) to realize how many of the cereal brands I saw advertised on TV contained mostly sugar.
Now, as a parent myself, I check food labels as carefully as my mom once did. And finally, my boys are old enough to start learning about proper nutrition as well! That’s why I’m such a big supporter of the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign. This joint initiative from Health Canada, the Retail Council of Canada, Food and Consumer Products of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers is designed to help both children and their parents understand how to decipher food labels to better understand the nutritional value of products they buy. [Read more…]