There are many benefits to eating a healthy diet. On a daily basis, it influences your mood and energy level. A balanced diet also reduces the risks associated to the development of mental and physical illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cholesterol, various types of cancer and depression.
Here are a few tips on how to adopt a healthy diet.
Canada’s Food Guide
A handful or 250 ml (one cup) equals a serving of vegetables, two servings of pasta, two servings of chopped fruit and one portion of milk.
The palm of your hand equals one serving, or 75 to 90 g (2 1⁄2 to 3 oz) of meat, poultry or fish.
The tip of your thumb equals one serving, or 5 ml (1 tsp) of oil or margarine.
The Nutrition Facts label is a very useful tool when you understand how to use it!
The information in the Nutrition Facts label corresponds to the serving size indicated. Compare this serving with what you actually eat.
Choose foods that contain less than 3 g of fat per portion, or less than 5% of the Daily Value.
Look for foods that contain less than 2 g of saturated fat per portion, with no trans fat, or less than 5% of the Daily Value.
Choose foods with less than 150 mg of sodium per portion, or less than 5% of the Daily Value.
Select foods with at least 3 g of fibre per portion, or at least 10% of the Daily Value.
A nutritionist can inform you about a balanced diet that can reduce the risks associated with the development of certain illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases.
If for any reason you need a dietary supplement, don’t hesitate to talk to your Access pharma affiliated-pharmacist, an accessible health care professional.
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