Use the colour coding to compare two products. If one sandwich has less red and more green than another, it’s the healthier choice.

Things You Need To Know

  • The red, amber and green colours show at a glance whether a product is high, medium or low for fat, saturates, sugars or salt.
  • For a healthier choice choose products with more greens and fewer reds.
  • You don’t have to avoid all foods with a red colour on the nutrition label but eating fewer reds and less often can help you achieve a healthier diet.
  • A food could be high (red) in sugars but low (green) in fat, for example, so look out for the overall balance in your diet.
  • If two products have the same colour coding on the nutrition label, look at the numbers to compare in more detail.
  • The colour coding for fat, saturates, sugars and salt on nutrition labels is set by the Department of Health.