If there is one food issue which people find frustrating it is that of ‘food labelling’. We are constantly bombarded with messages about the dangers of saturated fat or too much salt but knowing which foods to eat can be a minefield!
The government, media and health experts stress the importance of healthy food choices but sometimes these messages appear to contradict one another which leave us feeling more confused than ever.
Low fat, reduced sugar, low salt, high in omega 3 etc… These are just some of the many claims made by food manufacturers which help to influence our dietary habits.
As the country is facing a ticking time bomb in the form of an obesity crisis it is more important then ever that we make the right food choices. So, eating the right foods and taking exercise is one way of reducing this risk as well as ensuring that we stay fit and healthy.
There is a plethora of information out there about healthy eating which includes food labelling. Food manufacturers are required to display nutritional information on every food product but this can be confusing. There are so many different symbols and nutritional terms used on the back of packets which can baffle the average consumer. And this is even worse if you are in a hurry!
If you have popped into your local supermarket on the way home from work the last thing you want to do is to spend an inordinate amount of time reading the nutritional information on a food product. And, some of the information displayed on food products requires you to have a PhD in nutrition to understand it!
Food Labelling Guide Index:
- Food Labelling Intro
- What does this nutritional information mean?
- Fats (includes saturated fats)
- Salt and Sodium
- Added sugars
- ‘Traffic light’ labelling
- What are the most common types of additives?
- Guideline Daily Amounts