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Processed Food Alternatives

The foods we eat can affect our health and our ability to learn and focus.1 The variety of convenience and pre-packaged processed foods can be tempting to save time, but these foods may be high in sodium (salt), and/or fat and/or sugar. These foods are also often more expensive than the healthier alternative.

Make your own

Did you know? You can make your own versions (PDF 303KB) of foods you often buy, like granola bars, soups, and many other processed foods. By making these foods yourself, it will help you control how much sodium (salt), fat and sugar are in the foods you eat.

Nutrition Facts Table

If you are going to buy processed foods, be sure to read the Nutrition Facts table to help you make healthier choices. Use the guide below when reading the Nutrition Facts table.


Canada’s Food Guide

Use Canada’s Food Guide to find healthier alternatives from the four food groups. The four food groups are Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk & Alternatives, and Meat & Alternatives. Including food from each food group at meals and snacks helps us get all the nutrients we need.

Date of creation: January 21, 2013
Last modified on: August 24, 2021


1World Health Organization. (2003). Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases Report of a Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation. Geneva :World Health Organization.