Nutritional daily intake labels
Daily intakes can help you and your family make better food choices by showing the percentage one serve of a food contributes to your daily dietary needs.
Reading a daily intake (%DI) label
Daily intakes can help you and your family make better food choices by showing how much (the percentage) one serve of a food contributes to your daily dietary needs.
It is important to note that Daily Intakes are based on the nutritional needs of an average adult requiring 8700kJs per day*. These needs will change depending on your age, height, weight and level of activity. Children have different nutrient requirements. For example, a 5 year old child requires about 6500-7000kJ per day**. A serve of Continental Alfredo Pasta and Sauce provides 5% of a 5 year old child’s energy requirements while it provides only 4% of an average adult’s energy requirements.
*This is a requirement of Australian food regulations (FSANZ). Values for children for use on food labels are not yet available. ** Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, National Health and Medical Research Council 2005.
Healthy family eating & %DI
Unilever is committed to helping Australians and New Zealanders create healthy balanced meals the whole family will enjoy. Everyone has different nutritional needs and %DI values can help you choose a food product which is suitable for your needs. For example, if you are watching your salt intake, choosing a product lower in salt (sodium) is made easier by comparing the %DI for sodium in the nutrition information panels of different products.
What are healthy balanced meals?
A healthy balanced diet contains the nutrients that are required to keep us healthy as recommended by the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. A healthy balanced main meal contains:
* At least three serves of vegetables (include a variety of different coloured vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peas, green beans, corn, cabbage and mushrooms. Half a cup of vegetables is one serve)
* One serve of lean meat and/or meat alternatives (about 65-100g cooked meat is one serve)
* At least one serve of carbohydrate food such as pasta, rice or bread, (1 cup of cooked pasta, rice or noodles, or 2 slices of bread is equivalent to 1 serve)
* A small amount of healthy fats and oils (Each meal should include a small amount of healthy fats such as sunflower, canola or olive oils.)
Paying attention to %DI labels can help you see how different foods contribute to your total daily energy needs. Regular activity can help you burn energy from the food you eat, and is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular activity not only makes you feel good, it also improves your fitness levels and can help you keep in shape. Here are some suggestions for incorporating activity into your family’s day:
* Encourage your kids to play outside after school
* Walk to work or get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way
* Walk with your kids to and from school
* Use the stairs instead of the lifts or escalators
* Walk the dog
* Take the battery out of the remote control