Find out how, by eating foods containing natural antioxidants, to protect yourself from diseases that research shows are linked to oxidative stress, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, neurological disorders, cataracts and arthritis.
Understand the potential health effects of caffeine as well as Health Canada’s recommendations for daily caffeine intake.
View Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating or link to the pdf version to print a copy for easy reference.
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Learn about the nutrient content of the foods and beverages you consume. Find values for nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, energy, fat and many more.
Refer to these nutrition guidelines for children to ensure healthy eating through key periods of growth, from infancy to adolescence.
Access information on the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established to develop international food standards to protect consumer health and to facilitate fair trading practices in foods.
Find information on The Dietary Reference Intakes, a comprehensive set of nutrient reference values for healthy populations that can be used for assessing and planning diets.
Read about the research that helps to better understand the roles of dietary trace element imbalances in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
Find information on different types of eating disorders, which involve a serious disturbance in eating behaviour and great concern over body size and shape.
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Find information about fibre, a complex and varied macronutrient, and discover the research being done on such topics as the effect of fibre in the digestive tract.
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Find out why it is important to take folic acid, one of the B vitamins, to contribute to the healthy growth of your unborn baby.
Access information on numerous nutrition topics, including healthy eating, assessing weight, advisories, prenatal nutrition and food recalls.
Link to a variety of data sources that provide insights into nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes and eating behaviours of Canadians.
Learn about nutraceuticals and functional foods, which are food components that provide demonstrated physiological benefits or reduce the risk of chronic disease, above and beyond their basic nutritional functions.
Link to several studies about functional foods and nutraceuticals, their regulatory environment, scientific research and efforts to promote public awareness.
How much do you know about food values? Match up each item from a Nutrition Facts label to its picture and function.
Link to the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, which supports research to enhance health and address problems in relation to diet, digestion, excretion and metabolism.
Find fact sheets on 25 aspects of food and nutrition from arsenic in drinking water to unpasteurized fruit juice and cider. Each fact sheet has background information, details about health effects, and tips on how to minimize personal risk.
Learn about minerals, which are unique nutrients because they are extremely active metabolically and can be both intracellular oxidants as well as antioxidants.
Link to a pdf version or order a copy of a guide that outlines the nutritional content of common foods.
Read about the importance of healthy eating, which contributes to an overall sense of well being and helps people to look, feel and perform better.
Link to information about nutrition , including Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating and the Canadian Guidelines for Body Weight Classification in Adults.
A woman's nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of her developing baby.
Discover what research is being done on protein, an essential component of diet that is required to synthesize nitrogen-containing compounds.
Read about the role of dietary fats and oils in human nutrition, one of the most important areas of concern and investigation in the field of nutritional science due to implications in the etiology of cardiovascular vascular disease.
Having at least one vegetable or fruit at every meal and as a snack will help you get the amount of vegetables and fruit you need each day.
Find information on water soluble vitamin research, including their levels and availability in foods, their interactions with other dietary components and their roles in health and disease.