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TRUE! To prevent weight gain and accrue additional health benefits of physical activity, 60 minutes of daily moderate intensity activity is recommended in addition to the activities required by a sedentary lifestyle. Check out our section on “How Much Energy Should You Be Getting?” for more information.
TRUE! Canadian women need 25 grams of fibre per day and men need 38 grams of fibre per day. Most Canadians are only getting about half that much. Not getting enough fibre can lead to poor digestive health, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and poor blood sugar control. Check out our section on “Nutrients Our Bodies Need!” for more information.
FALSE! Macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and fats are needed in larger amounts. Micronutrients include minerals and vitamins, and unlike macronutrients, these are required in very minute amounts. Together, they are extremely important for the normal functioning of the body. Check out our section on “Nutrients Our Bodies Need!” for more information.
FALSE! Fats are an important part of a healthy diet: They provide essential fatty acids, keep our skin soft, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and are a great source of energizing fuel. However, not all fats are created equal. You should have more unsaturated fat which is healthy for you and less saturated and trans fat. Sources of unsaturated fat are flaxseed oil, avocados, olives, nuts and seeds, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, and sardines), soymilk, peanut butter, and tofu. Check out our section on “What Does This Look Like in Actual Food?” for more information.
TRUE! Use your technology to help you make some lifestyle changes. Download the app eaTracker. eaTracker can help track eating and activity choices, analyze your recipes, plan your meals and set goals for healthy eating and physical activity. Check out our section on “Planning Meals” for more information.
FALSE! Every package has an ingredients list and a Nutrition Facts table which gives you information on the amount of the 13 core nutrients and calories in an amount of food. Check out our section on “The Nutrition Facts Table” for more information and do this fun quiz after to help you put your new knowledge to practice!
TRUE! If you make wise choices, snacks can keep you energized and provide important nutrients. When eating out, portion control and planning ahead will help you treat yourself without overindulging. Check out our section on “Eating Healthy When Snacking and Eating Out” for more information.