We’re starting a new series of blogs focusing on nutritional advice for business owners and their employees.
In the past, we’ve looked at how you can eat healthier in the workplace and maintain a healthy diet when travelling for business as well as sharing some simple tips for healthy summer eating.
But improving your health and wellbeing isn’t just about healthy eating, it also helps to know what you’re buying when you go food shopping.
Of course, if you are eating fresh foods, the type that comes straight out of the ground or off a tree, you’ll know what you’re getting.
These are by far the best foods for us. However, when you are buying foods that come packaged it’s really important to understand what’s in the food that you are eating.
Here are our top tips on what to look out for when you’re buying food and how to read food labels.
Food labels can provide a lot of useful information but they can also be hard to navigate.
It's important to get to grips with them because they can help you make healthier food choices.
You obviously don’t need to know the ins and outs of the legislation that relates to food labelling but it helps to know what’s required and why.
At the time of writing (May 2019), food manufacturers and retailers are legally obliged to put the following information on food labels.
Nutritional information labels can be really useful to help you shop more healthily.
They will show how much energy in kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal) is in a product. They also list the amount (in grams) of:
You’ll usually find this information in a table and in the UK, a traffic light system is used.
As we said, you don’t necessarily need to know all of this information but seeing that they have been included should show you that the product is following the correct guidelines.
The following tips should also help.
We want to make sure that our clients and their employees find it as easy as possible to eat healthily both at work and at home.
There are plenty of online guides that can help further.
The British Heart Foundation has put together these 10 tips for understanding food labels.
And the NHS also has a detailed breakdown of how to read food labels.
If you’d like some more advice about how our nutritional specialists and occupational health services can improve health and wellbeing in your workplace, get in touch with our team today.
Posted by Jane Simpson on
20 May 2019 at 8:00 AM
Health & WellbeingNutritionOccupational Health