Have you heard of Health Stars? They’re the ratings on packaged food that help guide healthy shopping decisions. So how do they play out in your local supermarket? Let me take you on a tour…
Health Stars in the Fresh Fruit & Veg Section
Got ya! Fresh fruit and veg are top-notch nutrition, and as such, they won’t display a Health Star Rating which only applies to packaged food.
Health Stars in the Breads and Cereals Section
Ever wondered how the sugars, fats and salts weigh up for your favourite cereals — now you’ll be able to find out. Look for products that have ratings as close to five as possible, for the healthiest options
Health Stars in the Dairy Section
There are SO many options in this section and no wonder: my kids love cheese and yoghurt, so this was a great opportunity to see which brands offer the healthiest options.
Health Stars in the Condiments / Tea Coffee Section
Condiments (such as vinegar, herbs and spices) are defined as non-nutritive – same goes for tea and coffee – so you won’t see any health stars here.
Health Stars on Juice
Juices are something I like to have on hand when I need a treat, so it’s great to get some clarity on which are the best for my kids.
Remember, health stars are used to compare similar products such as one breakfast cereal with another – you can’t compare different kinds of foods like bread to yoghurt.
One more thing to note: the Health Star Rating system is voluntary and appears on packaged food products at the discretion of food manufacturers and retailers (such as supermarkets). The system was developed by the Australian, State and Territory governments along with public health, consumer and industry groups. It launched in 2014 and you can check out the full list of brands that have adopted Health Star Ratings here http://bit.ly/2mdGgsh
Have you spotted Health Stars on the shelves? Have you found them useful?
For more information visit http://bit.ly/2mdGgsh