What to look out for in the Supermarket
When shopping please be careful when buying specific products. Many products are advertised and packaged to encourage the consumer to buy the product.
Here are a few examples:
- A product claiming to be low in fat can still be high in sugar (and salt).
- If a product states it is 95% fat free – this means it contains 5% fat.
- If a product states it is 95% fat free this means that 5g out of every 100g are fat – but how many grams are in the packet?
- Low fat means a product contains 3g of fat or less per serving, and 30% or less of total calories.
- Reduced fat means that the product must have less fat that the full fat alternative. This does not mean that the reduced fat version is low fat. Take a package of reduced fat cakes, for example. If the original fat content per cake was 20g, and the fat has been reduced to 15g, it is still five times higher than the 3g per serving that officially qualifies as low fat.
The above example applies to salt also with products such as crisps and peanuts.