Understanding Our New Food Labels
Health Canada has issued new regulations affecting the Nutrition Facts table and Ingredient List. At first glance, they may not seem much different than before. However, there are important changes we’d like to point out to you.
The new labels are intended to:
- provide more information about the nutrients and ingredients in food
- improve the legibility of food labels
- reflect recent science around nutrient needs
Overview of Changes to the Nutrition Facts Table
At Kashi, we’re here to help you navigate the changes so you can make informed food choices. By way of example, this Nutrition Facts Table for Kashi Cocoa Spice* cereal highlights the changes you need to know.
Questions & Answers About Our New Food Labels
Why has the nutrition labelling changed on your foods?
Why has serving size changed on some foods? Is the serving size a recommendation for how much I should eat?
The new regulations are intended to create a more consistent serving size among similar foods in order to make comparisons easier. Serving size is not necessarily a recommendation for how much to eat. For example, under the new regulations all cereals and granolas will have a 1 cup serving size. One cup of granola is generally not an appropriate portion size.
Why is milk no longer listed on the Nutrition Facts table of your cereal?
Have the recipes of your foods changed or is it just the label?
However, there are some examples where we have also made food improvements, like reducing the sodium in Eggo* waffles. In these cases, both the food and the nutrition information have changed.
Why have the calories changed on some of your foods?
Why has sugar changed on some of your foods?
Why have the % Daily Values changed on your foods?
The change also reflects a different serving size for foods like cereal, crackers, toaster pastries and potato chips.