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Improving Nutrition

More than 1 billion people around the world enjoy Unilever’s foods and drinks every day. We know that people want and expect great tasting food that is good for their health and the planet. We use our scale and reach to enable people to have healthier diets, making it easier for people to choose products that are right for their diet, lifestyle and budgets.

A healthier diet means more variety and seasonable foods; less meat, salt, fat and sugar; more vegetables, plant-based foods and teas as well as whole grains and healthy oils. Some of the ways these goals are coming to life at Unilever Canada include:

  • Our nutrition commitments steer us to continuously improve our products and commit us to making better products. For salt reduction our first milestone was to reduce salt levels to 6g per day by the end of 2010. This required reductions of up to 25%. In 2010, we stated that our ambition was to reduce salt by a further 15-20% on average to meet the target of 5g salt per day. We do this by committing to reducing salt every time one of our savoury products is reformulated while working to maintain the great taste that our consumers expect.
  • In 2016, Becel® simplified its recipe and a variety of its margarines are now made with simpler ingredients and are free from artificial preservatives, flavours and colours. Made from a blend of plant-based oils including Canola oil from the Canadian prairies, Becel margarine is low in saturated fat, provides a source of essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fat and contains no trans fat.
  • We know that treats contribute to well-being and pleasure in life, so it is important that we lower calories in our ice creams without losing their great taste. Popsicle® ice pops, a summertime favourite, contains 110 calories or less per serving, while Magnum® Mini bars and most Klondike® bars contain less than 250 calories each. Breyers® vanilla ice cream comes in a ½ the fat variant.
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