June 12, 2015

Question of the Day: Do people even pay attention to nutritional information?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

The Federal government has announced a number of proposed changes to Canada's nutritional labels, including making them easier to read and implementing consistent serving sizes.

So I hit the streets to see if people even pay attention to the information in the first place.


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commented 2015-06-13 13:03:22 -0400
I got into the habit of reading labels after I was diagnosed with #2 diabetes and high blood pressure. The diagnoses blew me away as I was just in to see how my health was going after 20 years of “it smells good and tastes good and cheap”.
If I had any warning signs they didn’t last long and I was right back in line at KFC.
Times change when you get a slap in the head from some stranger named Dr Whom.
After loading me up on pills I began to smell a rat as these were LIFETIME pills so weeks supply would not cure me.
Flash forward to now. I didn’t really look at the back of cans and packages as I never learned Latin or Greek which was the ingredients list. A short course at reading labels clued me in and now label reading is my forte, almost.
I believe in Greece and surrounding countries labels are written in english. Can’t have them one upping us can we?
My main parts are added sugar and salt which throws you off as soon as they call it something I can’t pronounce without effort. With time and a few questions to local hot line I am now reassured the manufacturer is insidious.
Today I have normalized my condition and help others that look at cans or packages in dumb awe because once that was me.
We live in dangerous times. Being able to protect ourselves doesn’t always mean packing heat.
commented 2015-06-13 04:16:24 -0400
Yea, I look at the nutrition label. I would like to see a standardized portion size though. It would make it easier to compare products.
commented 2015-06-12 23:20:11 -0400
Horse Pucks! Their answers were so fakey I could see the strings!
Outside hard core Chronic Dieters, most people don’t care enough to check … unless they are forced … then they often don’t track what they have eaten or intend on eating later => WASTE OF TIME AND $ and could force small family restaurants to close.
commented 2015-06-12 22:07:05 -0400
Have you noticed that there are no ingredients listed on a bag of potatoes, or an apple or an orange, or a bag of oatmeal except to say that it is just oatmeal? Processed foods need an ingredient list, and you can live without them. No ingredient list on chicken, beef, pork chops, etc. Sometimes for fun, I do read the list to see whether water is the main ingredient. Paying $2.95 for a bottle of water with colouring is not the thrifty way.
commented 2015-06-12 21:52:01 -0400
I need to know the ingredients, and the amount of sodium, I don’t need them to tell me there is no amount of protein in a jar of marmalade. Ingredients are more important, especially if people have allergy’s.
commented 2015-06-12 21:48:19 -0400
I never look at the Nutritional Value part of the label, but I do look at the Ingredients part of the label, but the last time I did that was to find out why two different brands of Iced Tea tasted so different, and why one took longer to mix with water than the other. Turns out one used a silicone-based molecule for desiccant, and the other used a calcium-based molecule. By the way, your body does in fact use both of these, but which would you prefer?
commented 2015-06-12 21:39:04 -0400
Maurice, you hit that one dead on the bulls-eye. If it looks delicious and not rotten/stale or been on the shelf WAY too long, it goes in my belly!
commented 2015-06-12 19:00:05 -0400
I read the ingredients… which means my shopping is very limited and as non-processed as possible… (and my food budget is actually pretty low, too)
commented 2015-06-12 17:16:40 -0400
I have a severe allergy to onions garlic and eggs. If I can’t read the label I can’t buy the product…so it is in the best interests of the food packager to mark the label clearly legibly and in a choice of ink colours and font that can be easily read and discerned. If it contains ordinary everyday ingredients available as stand alone items I have no fear of trying it…if it has ingredients I cannot pronounce I make another choice. Many consumers don’t bother….I would have died some time ago if I didn’t.
commented 2015-06-12 16:36:18 -0400
I don’t know about “people”, but I never read the ingredients. I’m sure if the food products contained cyanide, arsenic or strychnine, they wouldn’t be allowed sell it for human consumption, so I trust the stores not to feed me poison. All I care about is whether or not it looks tasty.
commented 2015-06-12 16:14:41 -0400
I occasionally compare the number of calories with the number of grams, especially with things like burger patties, but I really couldn’t care less how many potassiums are in my peanut butter cups