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Feb 22, 2016

Do you need help understanding the nutrition information on food labels?


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People read food labels for different reasons. It could be due to healthy eating goals, food allergies or intolerances, or to manage a medical condition such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or impaired digestion.

Whatever the reason, it is important to know what you are looking for.

Food labels can be very difficult to understand. They contain lots of information and many people find it challenging to work out what it all means.

Nutritional Information Panel’s provide a detailed description of the content of the food or drink, however you need to know which nutrients you are looking at to compare products and choose the best options.

In addition, food labels may have misleading nutritional claims, a list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, allergen declarations, information on serving sizes and food storage tips.

Understanding how to read food labels can help you make the best choices and avoid unnecessary saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and kilojoules.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can teach you to be a smart shopper. Book in with our dietitian today to learn to read food labels and choose the best products for your health.

 

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