Reading the nutrient content on the food label while shopping and trying to decide what to buy can be a very time consuming and difficult process. The important nutrients to look for and compare are fat, carbohydrate, dietary fibre, sodium and protein. Healthy foods should be:
- low in total, saturated and trans fat
- low in added sugars
- low in sodium
- high in fibre
When comparing the contents of each of the nutrients mentioned previously, compare ‘per 100 g’, not ‘per serve’. This is because the manufacturer’s serve is not necessarily the same as the consumer’s serve. ‘Per 100 g’ is standardized therefore the same food from different manufacturers or difference countries can be compared thus helping you make a healthy food choice.