Have you noticed how many “healthy” foods there are on the supermarket shelves these days. In fact, there is a whole aisle dedicated to "healthy" food, so what does that make the other aisles? To attract our attention, manufacturers make claims such as fat free, low in fat and no added sugar on food labels and advertisements.
Although a new food standard to regulate such claims became law back in 2013, food manufacturers still have 3 years to meet these requirements. So, in the meantime rather than relying on these claims, take a few seconds to read the labels so you know what is in the food you are buying. Remember that "fresh is best', but when you have Below is a quick guide of what amounts to look for on a label to help you make healthier choices.
No added sugar
This simply means that no sugar has been added, but doesn’t mean that the product isn’t full of natural sugar. Aim to keep sugar at less that 10g per 100g for processed foods.
As a rule, this means it must contain 3g of fat or less per 100g (for solid foods). But be careful. These might be low in fat, but higher in sugar and kilojoules to compensate for taste. Also try and keep saturated fat at less than 1.5g per 100g
Even if a food is low in fat, it could be high in sodium (salt). Aim for 120 mg or less of sodium per 100g.
90% Fat Free
This doesn’t mean that the product has 90% less fat than the original product- it simply means that it has 10% fat.