Topical Nutrition

Tick of approval

The Heart Foundation’s tick program is no longer continuing. Instead, companies are choosing to display the new Health Start Rating front of package labelling. What the tick did well was highlight those foods that were low in saturated fats and salt. However it didn’t consider sugar, so some highly sweet foods got the tick of approval. Companies also had to pay a processing fee to receive the tick. Some naturally healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables that don’t have packaging didn’t have a tick, however this didn’t mean they didn’t meet the criteria, they just didn’t need one. Some potential confusion there.
 
The new health start rating however does consider sugar and sometimes fibre (where applicable).
 
I’m curious to know if the tick program influenced your grocery purchases at all?
 
Do you consider the new health star rating at the moment when shopping??
Heart Foundation Tick
(Source: The National Heart Foundation of Australia)

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