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Food labels

Nutrition labels on pre-packed foods can help you choose between products. You can check whether the foods you’re eating are high in fat, salt or added sugars.

Making good food choices is quicker and easier than ever when using the traffic light system. This can be found on the front of some food packaging.

Colour coded nutritional information tells you at a glance if the food has high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt in a serving:

  • red means high
  • amber means medium
  • green means low

It’s really simple, the more green labels the food has, the better it is for you. Aim to fill your shopping trolley with foods that have more green and amber labels and fewer reds.

Find out more about food labels and how they can help you make healthier food choices on the NHS website.