This article briefly describes and helps you understand:
- The main sections of a food label and state what they mean
- Apply the principles of the 'use by' and 'best before' dates
- Determine foods that are appropriate for you in terms of nutritional value and compare similar foods
- Select appropriate food using the traffic light symbols
- Explain the problems associated with additives and preservatives.
What's the difference between natural and processed Foods?
Natural foods: include Meat, fish, dairy products, bread, vegetables and fruit.
Processed foods; Jars of sauce, convenience meals, crisps, cola type drinks and snacks are examples of processed foods. With processed foods you have no idea what you're getting unless you read the label.
A food label for instance on tinned food shows:
1; The name of the product .
2. The product company.
3. The ingredients.
4. The customer service address and phone number
5. Any instruction for using the product.
6. Dietary information/ allergy advice / suitable for gluten free and vegetarians etc.
Some food products bought from the market have 'use by' or 'best before' dates on it. This is because the processed food goes off or spoils with time.
Some times Using the spoiled food can cause food poisoning a medical emergency.
There are two types of dates on food:
Use by date - which ,means don't eat food after this date
Best before date - you can use this product after this date but it will start to get worse after this date.