Food labels contain so much information it’s often difficult to know what you should be looking for and what it all means. But if you want to improve your diet and make healthy choices, it's important to get into the habit of checking the label.
How do I know if a food is high in fat, saturated fat, sugar or salt?
There are guidelines to tell you if a food is high in fat, saturated fat, salt or sugar, or not. These are:
- Total fat
- High: more than 17.5g of fat per 100g
- Low: 3g of fat or less per 100g
- Saturated fat
- High: more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g
- Low: 1.5g of saturated fat or less per 100g
- High: more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g
- Low: 5g of total sugars or less per 100g
- High: more than 1.5g of salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium)
- Low: 0.3g of salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)
Taken from the British Heart Foundation website