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Lite/light doesn't necessarily mean a product is low in fat; it may instead be referring to the colour, flavour or texture of the food. Such as extra ‘light’ olive oil contains the same fat per 100g as normal olive oil.
A low fat product can only be labelled as such if it contains 10g or less, of total fat per 100g, while ‘very low fat’ products cannot contain more than 3g of total fat per 100g.
Diet/ low joule products contain artificial sweeteners to replace all or some of the sugar that would normally be used.
While the Heart Foundation Tick can be found on many products that are considered healthier choices, not all healthy foods have the tick on their label. This is because food companies apply for the tick, and so some foods that would qualify for the tick may not apply to display it on their label. The Heart Foundation have very strict guidelines and food companies must show continual compliance with these guidelines.
If something has the claim cholesterol free it does not necessarily mean it is low in fat. Cholesterol is only present in animal fats and also does not have a great effect on serum cholesterol levels compared with saturated and trans fats.
If a food is listed as Gluten free by law in Australia it must be gluten free.
Do you need help with deciphering product claims and food labels? A Simply Nutrition Dietitian can provide you with this information in an individual consultation at one of our clinics. Alternatively, why not consider one of our supermarket tours where one of our dietitians can guide you around the shopping centre. If you would like more information on how we can assist you please visit the Contact Us section of this website.
With spring just around the corner it’s time to get back on track! Here are some helpful hints:
1. Remove all calorie dense “extra” foods from your diet such as biscuits, chocolate, lollies, cream, hot chips and cooked deserts (i.e apple pies).
2. Increase exercise- aim for 30mins of exercise most days.
3. Find social activities to do with friends that don’t involve eating such as going for a walk rather than a coffee3 and cake.
4. Reduce alcohol intake
- Remember that: 200mL of red/white wine or 355mL of full strength beer are a 30MIN WALK!
- Replace with lower calorie drinks such as soda/tonic water, diet soft drink/cordial, unflavoured mineral water or vegetable juice.
5. Reduce portion sizes
- Use a smaller plate and eat slowly
6. Break the eating out cycle
- Most meals should be prepared and eaten at home as they’ll have more control over the portions and how the food is prepared.
7. Have a plan
- Keep a food diary for 2 weeks. It can be a real eye opener to what and how much you are eating.
- Set realistic goals especially if trying to lose weight. Healthy weight loss is only 0.5kg and 0.5cm per week.
Do you need assistance to get back on track for this Spring and Summer season. Talk to a Simply Nutrition Dietitian today and find out how we can help you. (Click Here To Contact Us)
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