Food Labels - How to Read Them

Food labels contain so much information it’s often difficult to know what you should be looking for and what it all means. If you want to improve your diet and make healthy choices, it's important to get into the habit of checking the label.

Top tips:

1) Use the traffic light system on the front of packaging:

Green labels mean the food is LOW (fat, saturates, sugars or salt), this will be the healthiest choice.

Amber labels mean the food is MEDIUM (fat, saturates, sugars or salt), this is fine as part of a balanced diet.

Red labels mean the food is HIGH (fat, saturates, sugars or salt), try to limit your intake of this.

2) If there aren’t colours on the front of the packet… use the following guide to work it out for yourself.

Using the Nutrition Typical Values chart on the back or side of the packaging, focus on the per 100g column and use the numbers below to work out if it’s GREEN, AMBER or RED.

For more guidance, including examples, please click here to visit the British Heart Foundation website to download or order your free copy of the food label guide.

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation