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How to read a Nutrition Panel (Canada)

One question we receive is how to interpret the nutrition panel on our products.

Here’s the nutrition panel from our new (soon to be released) 4-Pack Turducken Burger Patties. This is what it shows:

The portion or serving size: This is how big the serving size is that the numbers in the rest of the nutrition panel are based on. In this case it refers to 1 burger/patty (no bun or condiments, just the patty) and the weight of the burger patty (113 g)

Calories: Provides data on calories (168 per burger patty) so you can track the amount of calories you are consuming.

% Daily Value – this is based on the published Food Guide standards for the amount of the nutrient, vitamin or element recommended for 1 day.

Fat: Using fat as an example, the  top line shows the total fat figure. 6 g is the weight of the fat in each patty and it represents 9% of the recommended daily fat intake for an average size person.  The 6 g means this burger is 95% lean, 5% fat. This is considered extra lean. Compare this to a standard beef burger that is typically 20% to 30% fat depending on the product and cut (which would equal 21 to 42 g of fat in a same size 113 g (4 oz or 1/4 lb) burger).

It also shows the breakdown of the fat types (saturated fats and trans fats)  in grams. The % of Saturated Fat per patty is 2 g (8% of recommended daily intake) and the amount of trans fat  is 0 g. Again this is very low compared to beef and other burgers.

Cholesterol: This is shown in weight (in this case 68 milligrams per burger).

Sodium: One patty contains 424 mg (milligrams) of Sodium (salt) which is 18% of recommended daily intake.  Generally you want to control the amount of added salt in your diet.

Carbohydrates: These are shown with the total weight and % Daily Value (9 g or 3% of daily recommended amount). This is then broken down to the amount of the carbohydrates that are fibre (2 of the 9 g) and sugars (2 of the 9 g). Generally you want to lower sugars in your diet, and add fibre .

Protein: Each patty has 19 g of protein so you can track protein intake as well. Turducken Burgers are a very good protein source. 

Vitamins: These are shown as the % Daily requirement of some common vitamins Eg. 2% of recommended Vitamin A and Calcium, 12% of recommended Iron in each patty.

Contact us if you want more information on our products and the nutrition panels, ingredients or with any other questions. You can reach us via phone, email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Our links are below.

For more details please see the attached link from the Health Canada website:

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