Decrypting Food Labels


Many people think they’re eating well when in fact they’re being misled by deceptive food labelling.

Food manufacturers often make ambiguous nutritional claims in order to attract the consumer’s attention. Information can be presented to make something appear healthier than it really is. If you can’t pronounce it, should you be eating it? And what do all those numbers mean? How can we confidently navigate our way through the confusing data overload that has become our local supermarket?

This highly practical, information-packed presentation is for people who want to make better-informed food choices — and have a laugh while they learn.

Learning outcomes & key take-aways

  • How to decipher the Nutrition Information Panel
  • What do all the numbers in the ingredients list mean?
  • What is ‘Percentage of Total’ versus ‘Percentage of Daily Intake’?
  • How to compare different brands of the same food type of food
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  • When is low fat a big fat lie?
  • Why it’s unhealthy to believe nutrition claims on food labels.

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