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Food labels explained

The majority of Irish consumers read food labels to help them make healthy food choices and would like to see nutrition labels on more products. The following guidance is intended to make it easier for you to use labels to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet. Ingredient listing A listing of the product’s ingredients is required by law. This listing tells you what was used to make the product. The ingredients are listed in descending order, so the ingredient that was used in the greatest amount will appear first on the list, all the way through to the last ingredient which was used least in the product. Nutrition labels Nutritional labelling is any information appearing on food labels relating to the amount of calories (energy) and key nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates, sugar etc.) contained in the product. Nutrition labels can help you make healthy food choices as you can compare the nutrition information on similar products. Guideline Daily Amount is nutrition information that is presented on the front of pack.

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