Health Star Ratings for Healthier Choices
The Health Star Rating (HSR) system is making it easier for more Australians to choose healthier foods. The latest phase of the HSR campaign aims to continue to raise awareness of the role the system can play as part of maintaining a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
“I am very pleased this initiative is making it easier for the people of Wentworth and the wider community alike to make healthier choices,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Under the simple system, the more stars displayed on the pack, the healthier the choice.
The HSR system scores the nutritional profile of packaged food and assigns it a rating from a ½ star to 5 stars. Stars are calculated by assessing the amount of energy, saturated fat, sugars, sodium, fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content, as well as dietary fibre and protein.
The system is a joint Australian, state and territory governments’ initiative in partnership with industry, public health and consumer organisations.
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating has useful information and tips about how to eat a balanced diet with all five food groups and fresh and packaged foods choices play an important part in this process. With our busy lifestyles, the HSR system can help us compare similarly packaged products and make a healthier choice.
Since the system launched in June 2014, approximately 115 companies have chosen to use the system with more than 5,500 products displaying the HSR.
“It is a great example of federal, state and territory governments working together with food industry and public health organisations to improve the health of all Australians”, said Mr Turnbull.
For more information on the HSR system, visit: www.healthstarrating.com.au