Planning a healthy, balanced diet is easier than ever thanks to colour-coded nutrition labels. Look out for them on the front of Sainsbury’s own-brand food and drink products.
The front of pack labelling shows the amount of energy, fat, saturates, sugars and salt a serving of that food provides. Here’s how to read the traffic light colours, Reference Intakes and energy information:
Traffic light colours
Sainsbury’s front of pack traffic light labels tell you at-a-glance if a product has high (red), medium (amber) or low (green) amounts of fat, saturates, sugars and salt.
The label appears in a lozenge shape, as shown above, and replaces the previous ‘wheel’. For healthier diets, choose foods with more green and amber traffic lights and fewer reds.
What are Reference Intakes?
Reference Intake (RIs) are a guide to the maximum amounts of calories, fat, saturates, sugars and salt an adult should consume in a day (based on an average female adult). They were formerly known as Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs).
The traffic light label shows what percentage of RIs a serving provides, helping you balance your diet.
The amount of energy a food or drink contains per serving and per 100g or per 100ml is now provided on the front as well as the back of packs, which makes it easier to compare products. Energy is no longer given a traffic light colour under the government labelling scheme, but is shown in both kilojoules (kJ) and calories (kcal) on packaging, (1kcal = 4kJ).
Back of pack nutrition table
You’ll find more detailed nutrition information in the easy-to-read table on the back of packs. The ingredients list will highlight any relevant allergens, too.