What is this all about?
Dietitians of Canada and GS1 Canada have teamed up to make it easier for Canadians to get the ‘nutrition facts’ on the foods they eat. Eatwise.ca lets you look up common foods and view the nutrients they contain. Making data available about brand foods as marketed in Canada is a unique contribution. Nutrition information is provided for the nutrients listed on the Nutrition Facts table found on food labels including: calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, dietary fibre, sugars, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
You can search for food items within a brand or within a food category (e.g. grains, baked products, fast food, fruit and fruit juices, vegetables and vegetable products, fats and oils, legumes, dairy and egg products, beef products, etc.).
GS1 Canada worked with the Canadian food service industry to share the nutritional information from food service products directly with Dietitians of Canada. Health Canada also supplied nutrition information from their Canadian Nutrient File* database. Dietitians of Canada, with funding support from Health Canada, is building a comprehensive database of foods in Canada and created eatwise.ca as a way to make data accessible, all in one place.
The database is not a complete listing of all food products you would find in foodservice or the grocery store. At this time, data is only available for foods listed in the Canadian Nutrient File* and data provided by companies participating in the Canada Food Tracker Pilot project. The intention is to include more brand name foods as manufacturers release their data into the Canada Food Tracker database.
Dietitians of Canada is proud to offer this easy-to-use tool to Canadians to help them with their everyday food decisions in their quest to eat well and stay healthy. We appreciate the voluntary release of up-to-date, accurate nutritional information about foods in Canada provided by participating Canadian food manufacturers and processors.
Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the national professional association representing almost 6000 members at the local, provincial and national levels. DC and its members work to promote health through food and nutrition. Our public services increase access to the knowledge of Dietitians and forge a stronger relationship between the profession and Canadians.
Visit www.dietitians.ca to find trusted advice on food and nutrition and “Dietitians’ Views" on key nutrition issues such as: healthy weights for children, natural health products in food format, school nutrition policy, nutrition labelling, and much more.
* Source (or Adapted from, as appropriate): Canadian Nutrient File, Health Canada, 2010 (electronic version at the www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cnf)