Week 4 - Food labelling
Confident You Programme
Why should you read food labels?
Reading nutritional labels allows you to choose, check and compare between products, especially when it comes to choosing items that are lower in fats, sugar and salt.
Did you know ingredients are listed in order of the highest weight?
In the example on the right the largest content is sugar and the lowest is white chocolate.
Most prepacked foods will also have nutritional labels giving details on calories, total fat and saturated fats, carbohydrate and of which are sugars, protein and salt. Details of additional nutrients can also be provided. The information is provided per 100g and may also include nutritional information per portion.
Quantities of fat, sugar and salt
The table below shows you guidelines on what is high and low when reading food labels.
|Nutrient||What is Low per 100g?||What is High per 100g?|
|Fat||3g or less||More than 17.5g|
|Saturated fat||1.5g or less||More than 5g|
|Sugars||5.0g or less of total sugars||More than 22.5g|
|Salt||0.3g or less||More than 1.5g|
|Sodium||0.1g or less||More than 0.6g|
Nutrition and health claims can only be made when the product meets specific requirements. For more information click on the link below:
Click on the button below so you can download the Change4Life Food Scanner app to help you identify products that are high and low in saturated fat, sugar and salt.Get the app
- To look at 10 packaged nutritional food labels and identify ones that are low or high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.
- Review your progress by completing the table below and compare the answers from week one.
|What were your goals?||What did you do to help you achieve your goals?||What were the barriers?||Think of the ways you can overcame the barriers|
|What is your weight?|
|How many minutes of exercise do you do per week?|
|How many portions of fruit and vegetables do you have per day?|
|How many glasses of water do you drink per day?|
|Do you read food labels?|