Labelling

We want you to enjoy eating well and have a part to play in helping you choose delicious, great-quality, healthy food that's right for you.

We do this through our food labelling. Our aim is to give you an at-a-glance look at what you’ll be eating in terms of fat, sugar, salt and calories etc. This will enable you to make faster and better decisions about what to purchase in order to judge your daily allowances and maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Here we give you a brief guide to what our labels means and what you should be looking out for when shopping.

Know your labels & colours

Checking the nutrition label is a good way to compare products, make healthier choices and eat a balanced diet.

The red, amber and green colours show at a glance whether a product is high, medium or low for fat, saturates, sugars or salt.

Use the colour coding to compare two products. If one sandwich has less red and more green than another, it’s the healthier choice.

Know your portions & your daily allowance

Check the pack for the portion size, this is what the numbers on the nutrition label are based on.

Reference Intake (RI) has replaced the term Guideline Daily Amount or GDA.

The numbers on the label show you how many calories and how much fat, saturates, sugars and salt a portion of food or drink contains, both in number of grams and as a share (%) of your daily allowance (RI).

Aim to stay below 100% of your daily allowance (RI) for calories, fat, saturates, sugars and salt when you add up everything you consume in a day.

Know your calories

The average woman needs 2,000 calories per day, the average man 2,500 and children fewer than 2,000 depending on their age.

You’ll usually see two values on labels, kcal and kJ, but look out for kcal or calories. Check the pack for the number of calories there are in a portion and 100g of a food or 100ml of drink.

To make the choice that is right for you, use the calorie information to compare products.

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