Learn to make healthier food choices by using the Nutrition Facts table on prepackaged foods. Calories are found in the Nutrition Facts table.
What are calories?
Your body uses the energy from calories to do all of your daily activities - from walking to talking to sleeping. We need to eat food to replenish the calories that we use.
If you eat more calories than you need over time, you may gain weight. If you eat less calories than you need over time, you may lose weight. Canada's Food Guide can help you know more about how much food you need every day.
Where can you find calories?
Calories are found in food and drinks that contain carbohydrates, protein and/or fat.
|Amount||% Daily Value|
|Fat 2.5 g||4 %|
|Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0 g
|Cholesterol 10 mg|
|Sodium 75 mg||3 %|
|Carbohydrate 25 g||8 %|
|Fibre 0 g||0 %|
|Sugars 24 g|
|Protein 8 g|
|Vitamin A||2 %||Vitamin C||0 %|
|Calcium||20 %||Iron||0 %|
How can you make a healthier choice?
- The calories in the Nutrition Facts table are based on an amount of food.
- If you eat more than the amount of food, your calorie intake will be higher than the value listed.
- If you eat less than the amount of food, your calorie intake will be lower than the value listed.
Helpful hints at the grocery store:
The amount of calories you need each day depends on your age, gender, body size, activity level and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
To figure out how many calories you need each day, check out the estimated energy requirements chart.
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