Fats and food labelling
For ready meals and foods eaten in large amounts, it is worth looking at the amount of fat within each serving. For snacks and foods consumed in smaller quantities, look at the ‘per 100g’ information. Remember that the most important nutrient to look out for is fat.
- Men should consume only 95g of fat daily, of which less than 35g should be saturates.
- Women should consume only 70g of fat, which less than 20g should be saturates
Sugar and food labelling
Nutrition labels often tell you how much sugar and how many calories food contains. Look for the 'Carbohydrates (of which sugars) figure in the nutrition label.
- 'High: over 15g of total sugars per 100g
- 'Low: 5g of total sugars or less per 100g
If the amount of sugars per 100g is between these figures, then that is a medium level of sugars. The sugars figure in the nutrition label is the total amount of sugars in the food. It includes sugars from fruit and milk, as well as the sugars that have been added.
A food containing lots of fruit or milk will be a healthier choice than one that contains lots of added sugars, even if the two products contain the same total amount of sugars. You can tell if the food contains lots of added sugars by checking the ingredients list.
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