What nutritional information is there on a food label?
Food labels give information about the product’s energy values and the nutrients it contains. Values are shown in 100 g or 100 ml amounts, or per portion.
What is the energy value?
The energy value of food corresponds to the total energy value of the nutrients it contains. This value is measured in kilojoules and in kilocalories.
How are carbohydrates, fats and proteins shown?
The protein, carbohydrate and fat content is shown in grams. A food label may also mention saturated fats, as they should be consumed in moderation.
How are vitamins and minerals shown?
The body requires vitamins and minerals for it to function, but only in small amounts. They are measured in milligrams or micrograms.
What are claims? Are there any regulations?
Claims indicate that a product has specific nutritional properties. Claims are strictly regulated and the manufacturer must provide scientific proof.