To all Family Studies and Home Economics Educators,
The Government of Canada recently unveiled some of the changes to nutrition facts tables and ingredient lists on food labels in Canada. Their new website summarizes these changes very succinctly.
To visit their website, go to: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/label-etiquetage/changes-modifications-eng.php
This week’s members-only resource is a fill-in-the-blank worksheet that can be used in any foods course taught in the Family Studies curriculum to cover the new and improved changes. It is meant to be used in partnership with the information presented on the website.
Changes to Nutrition Labels:
Wednesday, December 13, 2016 Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations related to the list of ingredients and nutrition facts table on food products.
Health Canada said the strategy aims to make healthy food choices easy, for example, by having the food industry:
• Reduce sodium in processed foods.
• Eliminate industrially produced trans fats.
• Provide more information about sugars and food colours.
• Introduce restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children.
Sugar-based ingredients (like glucose-fructose, honey, malted barley or fancy molasses) will be grouped under the name "sugars" in the list of ingredients. However, added sugars will not be separated on the label and will remain under “total sugars” leaving consumers still unaware of extra sugar added to products.
There will be a 5-year transition period for labels. The food industry has until 2021 to be fully compliant with the new regulations.
You can read the full article at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/nutrition-labels-1.3896262.
You may also be interested to read Kelly Crowe, CBC News, analysis of the new food label regulations titled: Sugar's on the food label, but you'll have to guess how much has been 'added': Lobbying by food industry means Canada food labels won't list 'added sugar'. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/sugar-canada-food-label-1.3899324. It is a great article to spark some class discussion on natural and added sugars.
In October 2013, the Fifth Estate aired an episode called The Secrets of Sugar which investigates the food industry’s knowledge of sugar and its impact on health. This fits right in with your class discussions on natural vs. added sugar. It also fits in well with research methods and bias. You can read the episode summary at http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-secrets-of-sugar the 45 minute episode can also be viewed online at http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2675574913/.
This week’s member only resource: Homemade macaroni and cheese recipe and lab report. This lab was used in HFA 4C as part of the childhood nutrition lessons.
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