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This week we’ve discovered how to find out what’s in your food and how to make effective use of the nutrition declaration to help you work out the levels of the different nutrients you’re consuming. We’ve discussed ingredients and what some of those with strange names are as well as looking at the reasons they’re there, their drawbacks and health implications. And we’ve explained the difference between nutrition and health claims and the regulations that limit the ways manufacturers market their products.

You’ll now be more confident decoding ingredients lists and be equipped to choose foods that don’t take your daily consumption of the various nutrients above your Reference Intake levels.

We hope you’ll put the next 3 steps of your action plan into practice and let us know how it goes.

Next week we’ll look at the written messages on labels - how branding affects our decision making, and the information that can help us make buying choices based on our values, such as animal welfare and sustainability issues. We’ll finish by examining some of the ways the EU and our governments are trying to make it easier for us to make healthy purchasing decisions.

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Understanding Food Labels

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