Making healthier food choices is an integral part of general health and wellbeing, but it isn’t always easy to make these choices.
Thankfully it has been made easier with the introduction of the Health Star Rating System which rates packaged foods on their nutritional profile which includes; energy (kilojoules), risk nutrients – saturated fat, sodium (salt) and sugars, positive nutrients – dietary fibre, protein and the proportion of fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content.
So the more stars, the healthier the product.
When doing your grocery shopping you will see the Health Star Rating appear on some packaging, which will hopefully help you quickly and easily compare similar packaged foods. It can appear with just the star rating of the product, or the star rating plus other nutritional content of the product.
The Health Star Rating system is voluntary and will only appear on packaged food products that choose to display it, so you won’t see it on all packaging but hopefully more manufacturers will adopt it in the future.
For more information please check the Health Star Rating System website.