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Understanding food labels

Understanding food labels

Ever wondered what all the information on food labels means? Here’s a quick run-down, plus some handy hints for how you can use this information to decide what products suit you and your family’s needs best:

What’s on a food label?

The Nutrition Information Panel:
This panel is displayed on the back of most food and drinks and lists the nutrients the product contains per serve and per 100g or 100mL. You can use the panel to compare similar products and determine which product is best for you. 

The Ingredient List:
Ingredients are listed in the order added when making  the recipe, from most to least by weight. Pumpkins are the first ingredient in this soup, which means it’s the main ingredient at 39%.

Allergen declarations:
Allergens which must be declared on food labels in Australia and New Zealand are Cereals containing gluten and their products, Crustacea, Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanuts, Soybeans, Added Sulphites in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more, Tree nuts and Sesame seeds. This helps individuals with food allergies manage their diet. Milk (from cream and cheese), and gluten (from wheat and barley) are listed in this soup’s ingredient list.

 

Daily Intake Guide:
To help you make more informed food choices Campbell’s also displays the Daily Intake Guide (DIG) on the soup and juice portfolio. It indicates how much this soup contributes to the recommended daily intake (DI) for energy, fat, saturated fat, sugars and sodium per serve. The DI’s are based on an average adult diet of 8700kJ.

Useful links: http://www.mydailyintake.net/

 

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