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Exercising Regularly and Eating Well

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(NC)-More and more, Canadians are hearing about the benefits of exercising regularly and eating well. We're paying closer attention to our health and demanding to know more about the food being served when dining out.

Some fast food restaurants are meeting this challenge by offering online nutrition calculators which allow you to "calculate" the nutrition information for your favourite foods customized to your tastes. McDonald's Canada's nutrition calculator is available online at http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/food/calculator.aspx. This user-friendly tool allows you to select your favourite menu items to view and remove any ingredients - like sauce or cheese - based on your tastes and preferences. The calculator will provide nutrition information specific to your customized food choices.

Some restaurants go even further to help you make informed choices before ordering your meal. McDonald's provides nutrition information on their tray liners and/or an in-restaurant poster. "Regardless of where you get the information, Canadians should consult with a nutrition guide before dining out," says Dr. Tanya MacLaurin, registered dietitian and associate professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Guelph. "Doing so will empower you to plan meals according to your chosen lifestyle and not give in to last minute temptations."

Look for restaurant nutrition facts before you order so you know what you're eating. The nutrition information is broken down to list the calories, fats, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates (including fibre and sugars), protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. Some of these values are listed as a percentage of the daily intake (% DV). The Percentage Daily Value (% DV) indicates whether there is a lot or a little of a nutrient in a serving of a menu item. Consumers can use this information to select menu items that have higher % DV for such nutrients as fibre, vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron, or to select menu items with lower % DV for saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium. This information can help you choose a meal that suits your lifestyle and meets your nutritional needs.

Credit: www.newscanada.com