Food Labels - What you need to know

Today we're looking at food labels to help you keep making healthy choices over the bank holiday weekend (yey!). Food labels can be a minefield but did you know that there are guidelines (provided by the government) to tell you if certain foods are high in fat, saturated fat, salt or sugar, or not? 

Here's what is classed as high and low when it comes to fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt (the ingredients we need to be mindful of!). Remember the 'per 100g' is an important part here. Some food labels will say 'per portion' but they should always say the portion size, so if it's less than 100g just be wary!

Total fat
High: more than 17.5g of fat per 100g
Low: 3g of fat or less per 100g

Saturated fat
High: more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g
Low: 1.5g of saturated fat or less per 100g

Sugars
High: more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g
Low: 5g of total sugars or less per 100g

Salt
High: more than 1.5g of salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium) 
Low: 0.3g of salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)

Also here's a guide when it comes to using the traffic light system to make super fast choices in the supermarket, because lets face it, life is too short to be hanging around in there!

TOP TIP - Screenshot the image below so its all ready and saved to your mobile phone (usually in photos) which will give you easy access to them whilst you shop.

As always any questions please just get in touch, have a great weekend and happy shopping :) 

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Ailsa