We hear all the time about checking what is in our food and to read the product labels however this can be very confusing with the numbers all over the place and more often than not words we don’t know and can’t pronounce. Not only is there confusion about the ingredients list and what it means, but a lot of packaged foods now have a star rating which should be an easy and effective way to quickly identify if it is a good food to buy. However this star rating is not so straight forward. It takes into account 6 individual categories and should only be used with comparing like for like products. It should also be used in conjunction with the nutritional panel on the package, the ingredients list as well as Australian Dietary Guidelines. Be careful to reach for a product just because of the star rating alone.
One thing that comes up a lot is how to read a product label, in particular the sugar content. Below is a video about a fairly neutral product, yoghurt. We know it is good for us and we feed it to our kids from a young age. Advertising has told us that it is a good nutritional snack which is true, but not all yoghurt’s are created equal and you need to read the labels carefully in order to make an informed choice for you and your family.
So remember 4gms = 1 teaspoon sugar. If the thought of eating a teaspoon of straight sugar is unpleasant, take the time to read the labels when you are out shopping and your body as well as your health will thank you.
Disclosure – this post is meant for informational purposes and is not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult with your health professional if you have any concerns for your health.