How to Read Nutrition Information on Canadian and U.S. Labels

  • Lara AL DandachiAuthor: Lara AL Dandachi Publish date: Thursday، 19 August 2021 Last update: Sunday، 29 August 2021
How to Read Nutrition Information on Canadian and U.S. Labels
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Savoring every bite 

• 1 slice of Ancient grain bread with quinoa (a Canadian brand (Dempster’s) a version of Dave’s whole-grain bread in the U.S.

Canadian nutrition labels are a bit different. Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturated fat ARE ACTUALLY LISTED on the Canadian Nutrition Facts (written in English & French).

Most Micronutrients are listed (Zinc, Manganese, Folate, All types of Vitamin B), which is not a requirement in the U.S.

Micronutrients that are required to be listed by FDA are Vitamin D, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron per new guidelines (Vitamin D and Potassium replaced Vitamin A and Vitamin C as listed previously due to limited deficiencies of the latter).

”Added Sugar ” was recently added to the U.S. labels but not on Canadian labels.

Here’s what I had:

• 2 Sunnyside up eggs with 1 tbsp of butter

• 2 tbsps of homemade Kefir cheese (which we call Labneh in the Middle-east), It is high in Probiotics.

 I spread it on the bread and added dried mint and 6 green olives.

• Veggies (Persian cucumbers, Heirloom tomatoes, and Orange pepper).

495 Calories

22 g Protein

6 g Dietary fiber

32 g Fiber

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    Lara AL Dandachi

    Author Lara AL Dandachi

    Lara Al-Dandachi is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator who provides care to patients in UCLA Health’s Gonda Diabetes Center in Westwood and Santa Monica, and coordinates the UCLA Gonda Diabetes Prevention Program, which was awarded full CDC recognition. She has 16 years of experience providing medical nutrition therapy as a RDN, and holds two board certifications in diabetes education: CDE and an advanced diabetes management certification, BC-ADM. She is fluent in Arabic and French.

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