Food labels explained by registered Dietitian
Here at Goodlife, we’re passionate about creating healthier habits, discovering ways to live well, and sharing inspiration to eat well.
Nutrional labels are a helpful tool to make more informed choices when you’re filling up your shopping basket, but how much do you really know about them?
Going back to basics, we’ve teamed up with leading Dietitian, Tai Talks, to explain the importance of reading food labels, and how to make sense and understand nutritional information on packaging…
Tai Talks Nutrition: Tai Ibitoye UK Registered Dietitian
You have probably heard that reading the nutrition information and ingredients on food labels are super important. But when you do your food shopping, do you take time to carefully read the labels on food packaging? Well, doing so can help you choose foods that fit into a healthy, balanced diet.
The nutritional and ingredients information enables you to make comparison between ready-made meals or food products that are high, medium or low in saturated fat, salt and free sugars.
Some products have colour-coded nutritional information, which tells you at glance if the food has high, medium or low amounts of fat, sugars and salt. Red means high and that tells us that we should eat these foods less often and in small amounts; amber means medium and green means low.
You can eat foods with all or mostly amber on the label most of the time. Opting for more greens and ambers labels on food products can help you make a healthier choice.
In addition to this, the ingredients used in the food will also appear on the food label. This is usually found on the back of the food package. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity used – highest to lowest of weight. For instance, if an ingredient is near the beginning of the list, that means that a higher quantity of it has been used and sometimes it is displayed as a percentage too. This will help you decide whether the ingredients used the most are natural, has any nutritional value or benefits.
All Goodlife products use plant-based ingredients, specifically vegetables and legumes. Including more plant-based foods in our diet can support healthy living at every age and life stage and can also be beneficial to the planet and animals too.
Filled with lentils, tomatoes, red peppers, potatoes and spinach, the Goodlife Vegetable Protein Balls are very nutritious. You can also be certain that eating this as well as other products from the Goodlife range will contribute towards your 5 a day.
Goodlife products do not have any red colour labels so you can be guaranteed that the food you choose from the Goodlife range will not be high in fat, salt or sugar. For example, the Goodlife Spicy Beanburger contains a very low amount of saturated fat (0.6g per 100g) and low amounts of sugars (2g per 100g) too. Generally, most of the Goodlife products like the Nut Burger and Mighty Non-Meaty Sausages have either amber or green labels on their food packaging.
Covering a range of topics, for daily nutritional tips and advice, head over to Tai Talks Instagram channel – @taitalksnutrition