Daily Nutrition Chart
Although eating is an act of everyday, eat healthy every day is not easy for everyone. For many, this is often a challenge to achieve integrated, balanced meals in the tumult of daily life (busy schedules, lack of energy, failure of ideas, etc). That’s why information about Daily Nutrition Chart is very important.
Nutrition in this section daily, Isabelle offers a wealth of advice, tips and tricks to plan menus, select foods and integrate health tips to your everyday life, and this in order to maintain a supply healthy and delicious no matter what your challenges!
Understand the Daily Nutrition Chart information panel
What do we find in the Nutrition Facts table?
- The serving size for which the information is provided
- The energy value of a portion, calorie (kcal)
- The content of at least 13 nutrients in grams (g) or milligrams (mg). The example below shows the 13 nutrients that are required. Other nutrients may be added depending on the product.
- The percent Daily Value for some nutrients (% DV)
That represents the portion of the Daily Nutrition Chart information panel?
Contrary to what many things, the serving sizes listed in the Daily Nutrition Chart information panel (125 ml in the above example) are not equivalent to the portions recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. These portions are determined by the manufacturer trying to get closer to the portions usually consumed by most people. It may turn out that you are consuming a more or less than indicated in the table, depending on your appetite and your habits. These portions are there for guidance and do not constitute any dietary recommendations.
Note! Note that if you consume such a portion twice as large as that indicated in the nutrition information panel, it is also doubling all other values in the table! Similarly, divide by two all values if you drink half the serving size. That’s why it’s important to pay attention!
The percent Daily Value (% DV)
The percent Daily Value can see a glance if a food is rich in nutrients or not. It represents the proportion of a nutrient contained in the serving size in comparison with the recommended intake for this nutrient. In the example above we see that a serving of 125 ml provides 10% of the daily value of vitamin C, that is to say 10% of the vitamin C you should consume each day.
Another example: if a cookie contains 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 0.1 grams of trans fats, it is not clear automatically if it is reasonable or not. But knowing that it represents 18% of the recommended daily intake of saturated and trans fats, we know that this biscuit is far from being a healthy choice!
The percentage of daily value is a very convenient tool to get a quick idea of the richness in nutrients of the food, but also for:
- Limit certain nutrients (fat, saturated fat, salt, etc) or otherwise in favor (fiber, vitamins, calcium, etc)
- Allow quick comparison of similar products to choose the most interesting
- Note! If you compare two products together, make sure they have an equivalent portion benchmark!
Your Turn! During your next visit to the supermarket, use the Daily Nutrition Chart information panel to select your foods wisely! Remember that the key is to choose healthy foods and eating varied respecting his appetite. Do not forget to have fun on the occasion!