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The Nutrition Facts Table

What is the Nutrition Facts table?

The Nutrition Facts table gives you information on the amount of 13 core nutrients and calories in an amount of food. Use this information and the % Daily Value (% DV) to choose and compare food products for a healthier you.

Reading the ingredient list can also help you make better food choices.

Explore this interactive Nutrition Facts Table!
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Nutrition Facts
Per 3/4 cup (175 g)
Amount % Daily Value
Calories 160
Fat 2.5 g 4 %
Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0 g
8 %
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 75 mg 3 %
Carbohydrate 25 g 8 %
Fibre 0 g 0 %
Sugars 24 g
Protein 8 g
Vitamin A 2 %   Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 20 %   Iron 0 %

Why should you use the Nutrition Facts table?

You can use the Nutrition Facts table to:

  • Choose products more easily.
  • Compare two products to make better food choices for you and your family.
  • Learn about the nutrition information of the foods you eat.
  • Better manage special diets.
  • Increase or decrease your intake of any nutrient.

Did you know?

Using the Nutrition Facts table is worth it!

Making healthy food choices can help reduce your risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Where do you find the Nutrition Facts table?

Almost all pre-packaged foods have a Nutrition Facts table. It looks the same on most foods. This makes it easy to find and easy to read.

Not all foods need to have a Nutrition Facts table. These foods are not required to have a Nutrition Facts table: 

  • Fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Raw meat and poultry (except when it is ground)
  • Raw fish and seafood
  • Foods prepared or processed at the store (bakery items, salads, etc)
  • Foods that contain very few nutrients such as coffee, tea, herbs and spices
  • Alcoholic beverages

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