Frequently Asked Questions

What is so important about vegetables, fruits, and grains?
These foods are high in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre and are low in fat.

How do I know how many calories I need?
It is important to follow Canada’s Food Guide. Yet, everyone has different caloric needs depending on their age, gender, physical activity level, and other factors. You may wish to consult with a Registered Dietitian for an individual meal plan that works for you.

What foods are especially important during pregnancy?
It is important to follow Canada’s Food Guide but at this time foods rich in iron, folate and calcium should be considered for your diet.

Do I really need fat in my diet?
Yes, because fat is an important source of energy and needed for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is also used for heart function, body insulation, hormone production, cellular, and skin development.

Why are milk products important?
Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium, along with regular exercise, helps build strong bones and protects against osteoporosis.

What is the difference between butter and margarine?
Butter is natural but it is 68% saturated (bad fat). Margarine such as Becel is made up of healthy fats such as canola oil, sunflower and safflower oil, which are then whipped together to form a soft spread. Be wary of margarines that are hydrogenated, which uses a process developed by the food service industry to create trans fatty acids (bad fat).

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