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lot (15% of more daily value DV% or more) of a nutrient • Compare two food products to choose the healthier item • Better manage certain special diets (a low-sodium diet, for example) • Increase or decrease the consumption of nutrients It is breakfast time and you consult the nutritional facts table on the cereal box (see below). In order to choose a nutritional breakfast cereal, you must check the quantity of 4 items in the nutritional facts table found on the packaging: fibres, sugars, proteins and fats. And don’t forget to check the size of the portion as this can vary! So if the sugar content of a breakfast cereal is expressed in ¼ cups and your bowl contains a cup, your breakfast cereal will contain 4 times more sugar… A nutritional breakfast cereal contains the following: more than 3g of fibre per portion, between 5 to 7g and less of sugars per portion, about 3g of proteins per portion and less than 3g of fats per portion. For example, in the example illustrated, Cereal A is the better choice. It contains less sugar and more fibre. Source : Health Canada Conclusion A variety of integrated preventative ac- tions in community spaces such as grocery stores are necessary and show great promise. The environment in which we live must be changed to make health choices easier for individuals and their families. It is also our duty to support informed decisions by consumers. Talk to one of the public health nutritionists or nurses of the Régie (or Health and Social Services Board) when they are in our communities. They are an important source of information for you. Dare to choose health and ask for the changes in your environment. As the old saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Réeferences : Contact us for the references on this topic : judith.lapierre@fsi.ulaval.ca