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Table 1 Description of low nutritive value foods

From: Consumption of low nutritive value foods and cardiometabolic risk factors among French-speaking adults from Quebec, Canada: the PREDISE study

Description of low nutritive value foods Examples in the R24W
1. Foods high in total fat, saturated fat, sugar or sodiuma Potato chips, some fries, croissant, ramen noodle, some cakes, some cookies, some cheese, some ice cream, breaded fish, fried chicken, some deli meats
Exceed predetermined thresholds for at least two of the following criteria:
 • Total Fat: > 10 g per reference amount
 • Saturated fat: > 2 g per reference amount b
 • Sugar: > 19 g per reference amount
 • Sodium: > 360 mg per reference amount
2. Foods with a very high saturated/trans fat content Butter, coconut oil, shortening, cream
3. Foods with a very high sugar content Sugar, honey, jam, syrup, candy, chocolate, fruit flavoured beverages
4. Other ingredients and beverages Beer, wine, coffee, tea, ketchup, sauces, dipping
  1. R24W, web-based 24-h recall
  2. a Nutrient thresholds and reference amounts were obtained in the 2014 Health Canada Surveillance Tool Tier System [12]. Meeting only the total fat threshold does not classify a food as having a low nutritive value
  3. b Foods from the milk and alternative or meat and alternatives food groups are not penalized for their saturated fat content under the 2014 Health Canada Surveillance Tool Tier System [12]