Healthy Eating

There is a big difference between reading the 'spin' on food packaging and understanding the nutritional value of foods.
  • 'Packed with energy' = is high in sugar.
  • 'Reduced Fat' begs the question... compared to what?
  • 'No Cholesterol' ...but may have enough saturated fat to turn your body into a cholesterol factory!

So what should you look for on the labels?

Health guide

Energy per serve

Main meals: 1200-2400Kj
Snacks: 300-500Kj

Fat per 100g

20g — high
10g — okay
2g — low

Saturated fat per 100g

Less than one third total fat

Sugar per 100g

15g — high
10g — okay
0.5g — low

Sodium per 100g

600mg — high
20mg — low

Fibre per serve

3g — high
0.5g — low

You can cut out this guide and have it with you when you shop.

If you want to read up a bit more then www.foodcoach.com.au has some added info.

Cheryle Davies
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator

  • Created: 22 July 2010
  • Modified: 30 November -0001