Raising Memories: Nutrition Facts Game & Grocery Giveaway
  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Nutrition Facts Game & Grocery Giveaway

For the majority of my adult life, I seem to have subconsciously subscribed to the idea that you only need to worry about what you eat if you're trying to lose weight. I wasn't trying to lose weight, so I was telling myself that I could eat whatever I wanted with no consequences. Obviously, I knew that wasn't really true, but I was willing to ignore that as I blissfully ate as much junk food as I wanted (which, combined with a total lack of exercise, contributed to a general feeling of weakness and lack of energy). Finally, near the beginning of this year, I started to feel a stronger drive to improve my diet and actually incorporate exercise into my life. It has been great so far! I am excited to feel stronger and more energetic, and I'm happy to be teaching my children about the importance of health and the roles that exercise and nutrition play in that!

Nutrition Facts Challenge

I was thinking about the Nutrition Facts charts that can be found on all of our food packaging in Canada and I wondered what kind of an idea I had of what was in different foods that I eat.  I decided to try an experiment: I grabbed a few cereals from my cupboard and took a picture of each with my phone (and of each of their Nutrition Facts tables).


I knew that the serving sizes were all different (one would be 3/4 cup of cereal, one would be 1 cup, and the oatmeal would be somewhere in between), but that the number of grams in each were about the same.  Then I ignored the top part (so that the "1 packet" serving size wouldn't give away which chart I was looking at) and I tried to guess which table belonged with which cereal.





How Did I Do?

The first thing that I thought would give it away was the amount of protein. I can remember someone at a gym that I went to (10 years ago) telling me that I needed to eat more protein, and she recommended Special K with Almonds.  So, remembering that, I thought that Special K would be the cereal with the most protein. I was very surprised to see that it actually had the lowest amount between these three!  I was also surprised to see how much sugar is in the Special K (but then I remembered I was comparing with plain Cheerios and plain Oatmeal, so I wasn't too surprised... but then I looked at the Alphabits in the cupboard and they've only got 2 more grams than the Special K!).

How to Read the Table

If you go to the Nutrition Facts website, you'll see that they recommend that you start by looking at the serving size (because it's not always the same amount that you would eat) and then take a look at the % daily value (sometimes shown as %DV).  If you are trying to get more fibre, for example, you'll see that between these three, the oatmeal would be your best bet because its %DV is highest.
The website suggests that a % lower than 5 is low and a % higher than 15 is high.

Family Game or Challenge

This could be a fun game to test your family on if you'd like to help them to learn how to better understand nutrition and the Nutrition Facts on our food packaging!  All you need are some food packages and a cell phone camera! :)

Giveaway

You can take a little quiz on the Focus on the Facts website, and enter a contest to win a $300 grocery gift card!

You can also enter my contest, here on the blog!  One of my readers will win a $100 Grocery gift card! Just fill out the form below, to enter! (Giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec)

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140 comments:

  1. I would absolutely love a gift card to Walmart! Thanks

    Rafflecopter Name is Anne Taylor

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  2. Great giveaway! I would love a gift card for Walmart, pretty please. :-)

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  3. If I win a Costco card would be nice or Loblaws.

    Florence C

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  4. That's so interesting! I was surprised, too, one time when I looked at the amount of sugar in a cereal I considered "healthy" with one of those "kid-sugary" cereals. Of course, all sugar isn't created equal, but I'm pretty sure they had the same kind of sugar in them. Good to know what's in your food and if it's nutritious or not.

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  5. I would choose a gift card to Walmart.

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  6. I would love to have the Walmart gift card.

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  7. I would love a gift card to superstore (so I guess Loblaws). Thanks for the chance!

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  8. I would choose Walmart :) Thanks for the chance!

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  9. Loblaws for me please! Thanks for the chance

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  10. I would love a gift card to Walmart! Thanks

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  11. I would choose Walmart for my GC.

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  12. I would choose Loblaws!

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  13. probably walmart would be best! Thanks for the info, I would have guessed the cereal with almonds to have the highest protein as well!

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  14. I would have to pick Sobeys. (Judy Cowan)

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  15. I would love a gift card for Walmart, they always have great deals and bargains. thanks for the chance to win

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  16. I would choose a Gift Card to Walmart if I was the lucky winner. They have such good sales.

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  17. It would be great to win a $100 Grocery gift card.
    In response to your question of
    If you win, which grocery store do you want a gift card to? Choices are:
    * Loblaws * Overwaitea * Metro * Sobey’s * Costco * Walmart * Federated Coop
    I would want a gift card to Walmart.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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  18. My choice would be Walmart - thank you

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  19. Would love a gift card to Loblaws! It's where we do most of our shopping :)

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  20. I would choose the walmart card,thanks for the chance!

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  21. I'd go for the Costco gift card. I love shopping there.

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  22. I`d choose Loblaws,,thanks for the chance :)

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  23. Loblaws for me please. I shop mostly at Food Basics but I don't think they take Metro GCs.

    When reading labels, I always pay close attention to the ingredient list, sodium and sugar. I generally know when something is high in fat and I shouldn't be eating it ;)

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  24. I would choose Walmart if I was the winner.

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  25. I would choose walmart - thanks :)

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  26. I would love a card for Walmart

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  27. I would choose a card for Metro, one of my favourite grocery stores.

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  28. I would probably choose the Wal-Mart gift card.

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  29. I nearly always buy PC products. They are the best.

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  30. I would choose Walmart card, thanks for the chance!

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  31. Sobeys! Best cheese section and air miles! :)

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  32. I would choose a Walmart card

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  33. I would choose Walmart since you can use it for groceries and other stuff.

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  34. I would pick metro

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  35. I would like a gift card for Sobeys - thanks!

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  36. If I won, I'd like a Loblaw's gift card!

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  37. If I will be lucky to win I will take Lablaws gift card

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  38. A Walmart card would be great

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  39. I would love a Federated Co op GC if I won - love the Co op!

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  40. So many places I shopped at - Walmart, Costco or Loblaws for me!

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  41. I would choose a gift card for Overwaitea. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. If I won I would choose a gift card to Sobeys.

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  43. I think I would choose Walmart (Sabrina Tong)

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  44. I would love a Walmart gift card for groceries. Thank you!

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  45. I'd love a Walmart gift card!! We've been doing a surprising amount of our grocery shopping there.

    - amber y

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  46. I want a Walmart gift card

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  47. I would choose Walmart since I can price match :)

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  48. Loblaw's i believe they own Superstore.

    billiondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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  49. i would like loblaws or walmart konrathc@yahoo.com

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  50. Oooh, definitely Costco! :) I LOVE COSTCO. I just did my grocery shop there on Friday, actually :)

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  51. If I won, I would love a Sobeys gift card!

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  52. I would probably choose Sobey's or Costco.

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  53. I would love a Wal-Mart gift card please - but with the cost of groceries now, any gift card would be so appreciated.

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  54. I would love a Wal-Mart gift card please - but with the cost of groceries now, any gift card would be so appreciated.

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  55. I would love a Wal-Mart gift card please - but with the cost of groceries now, any gift card would be so appreciated.

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  56. Walmart or ShopRite would be great!! Thanx for the chance.

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  57. I would pick loblaws gift card

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  58. To be honest, I never read labels before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Unfortunately, I live by them! I normally look out of gluten products, but I have started reading nutritional value as well!

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  59. I would pick Sobeys if I won. Thanks for the chance.

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  60. I'd love Walmart. Thank you!

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  61. OMG , jumping Jupiter, I choose Loblaws gc. Wow, prize $100 gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

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  62. I love that you've turned learning about nutrition into a game; one that I would lose I might add but at least I'd finally learn how to read the facts.

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  63. I would love Costco. That's my favourite store to get the good things like fruit and crackers.

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  64. Well I love Sobeys because it s close to my house and we visit there at least weekly. It's my main grocery store. But I need some things at Walmart too so that would work also. I didn't think about the oatmeal at all previously but I do know that Cheerios are great and low in sugar. We eat them daily.

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  65. I would pick the Walmart gift card please!

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  66. I would choose either Freshco or No Frills. Both stores price match and with No Frills I can earn PC Points.

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  67. I would pick Loblaws! thanks for the chance!

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  68. I would use a card for Freshco or Sobeys.

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  69. Sobey's would be my pick!

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  70. would need to decide between Loblaws and Walmart
    jan

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  71. I would love to win a Walmart gift card.

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  72. I would choose Walmart!
    ~Andrea

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  73. I would choose a Sobeys Gift Card.

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  74. I would choose a Costco card

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  75. I would want a Walmart or Loblaws gift card.

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  76. The Loblaws gift card please.

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  77. I would select Walmart Who am I kidding I would be happy with any of them. Thanks for the chance.

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  78. I would choose Walmart because I've really been impressed by their selection of meat & baked goods!

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  79. I would choose Walmart or costco :) thanks for the chance!

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  80. I f I win I would choose a Walmart gift card because I do
    a lot of shopping there and love their products and specials.
    Thanks so much for a chance to win a great prize!! :)

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  81. Walmart, we shop there every week

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  82. If I win I would pick Walmart as it's the only option near me.

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  83. I would love to have the Walmart gift card.

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  84. From the list, I'd prefer Walmart or Costco :)

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  85. If I won, I would choose Walmart. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  86. I would love a gift card to Walmarts. This would be very helpful to my budget and I shop there often.

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  87. I would love a Costco card if I win. I do so much shopping there!

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  88. walmart, we don't have any of those other stores here

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  89. i would like walmart and thanks so much for the chances to win.

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  90. if I win id love a gift card to Costco

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  91. Great giveaway ! , if i won i would pick a costco gift card :)

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  92. I'd love a gift card to Loblaws - it's where we shop most!

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  93. If I'm lucky enough to win, I would like a Walmart gift card.

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  94. I would choose Loblaws gift card!

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~Heather Lynne

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