KNOWING ABOUT FOOD relates to your understanding of food and nutrition.

Things like:

  • What you know about a wide variety of foods  
  • What ingredients are in food
  • What nutrients are in food
  • Your ability to find reliable and correct information about food and nutrition
  • How food affects your health
  • How healthier foods fit into your eating pattern (that is what you eat and drink on a regular basis)
  • Where food comes from (how and where food is produced, processed, sold and thrown away
  • Commonly used words to describe the healthier benefits of foods (e.g., high-fibre, low-sodium)
  • Commonly used words related to preparing and cooking of food (e.g., to sauté or to fold or to boil, bake or fry)

Tips to Increase your Food Literacy KNOWLEDGE

  • Find out where your food was grown by reading the product label
  • Be adventurous! Try one new food every month
  • Check the ingredient list to find out what is in your food
  • Choose a variety of foods every day to help you get the nutrients your body needs
  • Eat more whole foods and less processed foods
  • Eat dark green and orange vegetables more often
  • Choose water instead of beverages high in sugar, calories, and/or fat
  • Sautéing, baking, steaming, and broiling are just few of the healthier ways to prepare food
  • Choose foods that are higher in fibre, like vegetables, fruit, and whole grains
  • Packaged foods may contain fewer healthy ingredients. Check the ingredient list! Better yet choose whole foods more often.