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Front of pack food labelling

Traffic light labelling explained

Checking the "traffic light" nutrition label is a good way to compare products, make healthier choices and eat a balanced diet

Know Your colours

The red, amber and green colours show at a glance whether a product is high, medium or low for fat, saturates, sugars or salt.

For a healthier choice choose products with more greens and fewer reds.

Know Your numbers

The nutrition label shows you how many calories and how much fat, saturates, sugars and salt is in a portion.

The label shows both the number of grams and the share (%) of your daily allowance (RI).

Know your portions

Check the pack for the portion size; this is what the numbers on the nutrition label are based on.

Know your daily allowance

Reference Intake (RI) has replaced the term Guideline Daily Amount or GDA.

Aim to stay below 100% of your daily allowance (RI) for calories, fat, saturates, sugars and salt when you add up everything you consume in a day.

Know your calories

Check the pack for the number of calories there are in a portion and in 100g

  • The average woman needs 2,000 calories per day
  • The average man 2,500 calories per day

Children fewer than 2,000 depending on their age.