The Federal government launches its new health Star rating website…
What are the stars based on?
Under the system, packaged foods are given a star rating based on their nutritional profile.
Risk nutrients – saturated fat, sodium (salt) and sugars.
Positive nutrients – dietary fibre, protein and the proportion of fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content.
Health Star Ratings for products within a food category can vary significantly depending on the individual nutrient profile of each product.
The Health Star Rating system is voluntary and will only appear on packaged food products at the discretion of food manufacturers and retailers (such as supermarkets). There are some food products which are not expected to display the Health Star Rating, which include:
fresh unpackaged food (such as fresh fruit and vegetables);
formulated products for infants and young children;
non-nutritive condiments (such as vinegar, herbs and spices);
non-nutritive foods (such as tea, coffee);
single ingredient foods not intended to be eaten on their own (such as flour); and
foods where a Nutrition Information Panel is not required.
It is far from perfect for sure ….as whole foods are still your best option, however it is a good start fir those who are constantly confused …
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