We are a family of foodies — my children, me and my husband have all grown up in environments where the kitchen was the heart of the home. Cooking and baking mixed with deep conversations and lots of laughter was a natural groove.
As I entered my twenties, I became more self-conscious about the types of food I put into my body. This became more imperative when I later found out I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which affects my natural hormonal balance and glucose. Which means what I consumed mattered a whole lot. My PCOS spiralled into an infertility roller coaster when my husband and I were ready to start a family. During this time, I became much more in-tune with my body and that includes the foods that go into it. It’s really amazing our human composition and the benefits (and also the repercussions) of the foods that you eat. Now, as a mother, my mindfulness in nutrition still remains, firm and fundamental in the lives of my family.
As you may remember last year I introduced my children to the NFt (Nutrition Facts table) and how to use it to make better and more informed food choices. My kids took away a lot of important information with it that has continued to this day. Now that my son has grown immensely over the past few months, he has been showing a lot more interest in food and nutrition, intrigued and wanting to emulate his older sister.
Do your children take interest in knowing what goes into their foods/snacks?
Time to Focus on the Facts
Recently we put on our thinking hats (or more like our “Sherlock Holmes hat”) and played a little Nutrition Fact-Finding. The main goal was to teach our children how to best use the Nutrition Facts table (NFt) to make informed food choices by starting with the Serving Size and then looking at the Percent Daily Value (% DV). By using the Serving Size and % DV in the NFt, they can choose foods that have more of the nutrients they want like fibre and calcium, and less of those they don’t want, like saturated and trans fats and sodium. Guide to help you Focus on the Facts:
- Serving Size: Start with Serving Size. Information in the NFt is based on this quantity of food. If you eat a different amount than the Serving Size, you will need to adjust the numbers in the NFt. Check to see if the Serving Sizes are similar when comparing packaged food.
- Percent Daily Value: Use % DV to see if a Serving Size has a little or a lot of a nutrient. Use % DV to compare packaged food.
- Nutrient: 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot. Choose packaged food that has more of the nutrients you want, like fibre and calcium, and less of those you don’t, like saturated and trans fats and sodium.