Being healthy is something so many of us strive to achieve but it’s not as easy as we’d like to think;
especially when it comes to choosing food. Virtually every food packaging has a label stating its’
calorie, fat, sugar, protein and salt content. However what does it all mean? And do we really need
to pay attention to what it says if we want to be healthy?
Some supermarkets have latched onto people’s confusion over food labelling and use a traffic light
system on their labels. For example, a meal with 10.5g fat saturate is coloured red and labelled
high, 1.5g of salt is coloured orange and labelled medium and 7.5g sugar is coloured green and
However, how do we know what is low or high if the packaging doesn’t have a traffic light coded
system? Well there are guidelines in place which tell you if a food is high in fat, saturated fat, salt
or sugar and if not.
●Total fat content per 100g
○High: 17.5g or more
○Low: 3g or less
●Saturated fat content per 100g
○High: 5g or more
○Low: 1.5g or less
●Sugar content per 100g
○High: 22.5g or more
○Low: 5g or less
●Salt content per 100g
○High: 1.5g or more
○Low: 0.3g or less
For a full list of nutritional values of the foods there is often a panel or grid on the back or side of
packaging which gives an in depth list including values per serving and total.
When it comes to being healthy it is important to remain balanced. You don’t need to always opt for
meals which have fully green labels on all the time as you need a bit of everything in your diet.
That being said it is important to try to stay away from foods with high levels of salt, fat and sugar.