Not sure of the best snack options to pack in yours or your child's lunch?
Magna Wellness has compared some common workplace and school safe snacks. Follow the tips below to make an informed choice and pick a healthier option for your whole family.
What to look for when comparing product labels:
- First, look at the portion size before you compare. Comparing items when one has a portion size of 25g and the other of 40g may skew your choice. That being said, if the snacks are pre-portioned, you or your child will most likely end up eating the listed portion size.
- Second, remember that calories (total energy) and macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate and protein) aren’t the only important information provided on a label. Look at its sodium and nutrient content. Aim for higher fiber options with lower sugar contents.
- Third, ask yourself what is in the product. Look at the ingredients! The nutrition facts panel doesn’t always give you the whole story. Ingredients are listed highest to lowest and products with fewer ingredients and additives may be a better choice.
When reading the nutrition labels above you will notice they are similar, and you should read the ingredient list to find out more about the food. Annie’s products are sourced from organic and sustainable farms. They use regenerative agriculture practices to reduce greenhouse gases and protect the soil. Both cracker products are free of chemical food dyes and use a natural colourant annatto extract. Both products also have added salt approximately 10% of your daily value per serving. Additionally, Goldfish contain added sugar and multiple leveling agents – monosodium phosphate and ammonium bicarbonate which you would only find out by looking at the ingredient list.
Let’s review another snack you or your child might enjoy!
Take a look below at the review for the Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar vs MADE GOOD Chocolate Chip Granola Bar.
When reading the nutrition labels, you will notice the bars are similar, but by also reading the ingredient lists you will get more information. The nutrition facts panel for both products are quite similar, with the exception of the vitamin and mineral content in the Made Good bar. When you look at the ingredient list however you notice there are more ingredients that go into the Quaker bar, and that although it is peanut free and school safe, it contains some common food allergens including wheat (gluten), milk and soy. The Made Good bar is also school safe and free from common food allergens, it is nut free, gluten free, organic, certified vegan, and verified non-GMO (genetically modified organisms). One Made Good bar also contains the nutrients of 1 full serving of vegetables. Both bars contain added sugars whether it be in the form of natural sugars like agave and honey, or process sugars like brown sugar and cane sugar (also referred to as raw sugar – which is less refined than white sugar).
When comparing products remember to (1) look at the portion sizes, (2) read the whole nutrition facts panel, and (3) read the ingredients list.
Choose products that are right for you and your family by having all of the information first.