Backgrounder: Improving nutritional information on food labels to help consumers make healthier choices

Backgrounder: Improving nutritional information on food labels to help consumers make healthier choices

Data indicate several problems related to the dietary habits of Canadians; Canadians are over-consuming snacks, fats and foods not belonging to the basic food groups.

Most Canadians don’t understand food nutrition labels

Most Canadians don’t understand food nutrition labels

As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.

Blaming diabetes on poor eating habits has delayed real action

Blaming diabetes on poor eating habits has delayed real action

Journalist H.L. Mencken wrote that “for every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.” That observation aptly describes a prevailing attitude toward type 2 diabetes, which characterizes diabetes as a problem that could clearly be fixed if people would simply move more and eat less.

Repenser le diabète

Repenser le diabète

Le journaliste H.L. Mencken a écrit qu’à tout problème complexe il y a une solution simple, mais mauvaise. Cette réflexion décrit bien l’attitude prédominante à l’égard du diabète de type 2, à savoir qu’on pourrait facilement endiguer le problème si les gens se décidaient enfin à bouger davantage et à manger moins.