Checking food labels will help you to identify hidden fats, sugars and salt in processed foods and may identify the types of fats in food. Remember that sugar-free doesn’t mean low-calorie or low-fat. Such fats may be high in both.


Also, beware of foods labelled ‘0% cholesterol’ because these foods may still have plenty of fat and calories. It can be difficult to read labels while your are out shopping so front of pack labelling was  introduced to make it easier to tell what is in products at a glance. The traffic light system assigns a colour (red, amber or green) to show whether the food is high, medium or low in fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar.


Although these labels don’t guarantee that the product is perfect for your needs, they can help give you an idea of whether the product is right for you. If the food doesn’t have a traffic light label, use the nutritional information instead. Especially look at energy (calories), fat and saturated fat, per 100g or per serving.


Compare similar products and choose the brand with the lowest fat, salt an sugar. The fat content is probably the most helpful piece of information. The amount you can eat in a day depends on the total calorie intake level you are aiming for.


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    Great post and something we should all do! Also make sure you check the values per pack and not per servicing if you eat all of the pack. I’ve made this mistake before.

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    I totally do this and as a user of the Weight Watchers app I love to scan barcodes to see what the nutritional info is on food.

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    This is something I don’t do enough of! Great post, I’ll be checking labels more often now.

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    The government are getting better but there are still some hidden factors like you say.

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    This is a great post guys!

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