Why are Food Labels Important for Aged People in Australia?

People are more aware of their health problems nowadays. They just want to ensure that the food they eat is good and healthy for them. The primary aim of the food labels is to inform the consumers about the nutritional values and ingredients, about the manufacturer, the various health claims and the presence of allergens in the food and so on. This information helps the user to decide whether the food is appropriate for individual.

When we talk about aged care, providing them with nutritious food is the ultimate aim. The aged care facilities can take help from the food labeling system and provide the correct information to the aged residents.

Food Labels Attracts Consumers

It is the duty of the food label to reflect the uniqueness of your food and how beneficial it is for the health of the people. The label should ideally consist of your brand logo, good colors, and the information about the food. Simply put, an ideal food label should contain:

  • An Appealing design of food label
  • Correct information about food
  • Effective message for the customers

Some Facts Around Nutrition Labels

The food labeling system in aged care facilities will help the residents stay up to date with what is being included in their regular diet. Some of the important elements of food labels are:

1. Serving Size

This section will help the consumer understand how many serving does one packet of food contains and what is the amount of the serving. Every information on the nutritional value of the food is according to the serving size and hence, it is important to take a look here.

2. Amount of Calories

This section will tell you how much calories is present in the packet in hand. In the later section of this article, you will get to know how much calories on an average a person should consume in a day. The resident can limit his or her consumption of food as per this information.

3. Daily intake percentage

Some of the food labels also state how much percentage of this food should be consumed in a day. As per the current health condition of the person, they can take a decision on how many portions of this food needs to be consumed.

Some Health Tips

The food labeling system helps us in getting the right information about the food and we get to know what we are eating. Here are some tips for maintaining good healthy habits:

  1. Maintain a daily calorie intake of 2,000. However, this would vary from individual to individual.
  2. Consume vegetable oil, nuts, fish etc, which are sources of good fats.
  3. Avoid foods with trans fats such as cheese, ice cream, french fries, cake mixes and so on,
  4. 30% of the calorie intake should come from fats.
  5. Avoid aerated drinks, sodas, fast food, and excess sugar.
  6. Ensure that you are eating healthy food that contains protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

Take care of your health and make use of labels to find the right information about food.

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Written by Chirag Joshi Founder & owner of HDS.

Chirag Joshi is the founder & owner of HDS. Chirag possesses over 12 years of experience in Aged Care industry. Having worked as an aged care chef for a long time he understands the complexity & challenges to maintain residents diet profile, food safety records, food labelling, procurement invoicing procedures & staff rostering. Chirag has also completed a Bachelor in Computing with major in multimedia & system design. He has developed number of systems to help provide efficiency in aged care and also help eliminate paperwork and manual processes.

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