Australian Dietary Guidelines
At Simplot we recognise the importance of health and the vital link between healthy eating habits and regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. We follow the principles of the federal government Australian Dietary Guidelines for good health for all Australians. The Dietary Guidelines provide advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing.
The Guideline recommendations are based on scientific evidence and are published by the NH&MRC National Health & Medical Research Council in 2013. By following the eating patterns recommended in the Guidelines, we can obtain nutrients essential for good health. Also enjoying a variety of nutritious foods can protect our bodies from chronic disease and may increase quality of life and longevity.
Core foods for health & nutrition
The key to eating well is to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from each of the Five Food Groups. The five food groups organise food types by their contribution of nutrients to Australian healthy eating plans. Within each food group, healthy choices are those that are lowest in saturated fats, added sugars and added salt.
Choosing a variety of nutritious foods, both from the five different groups and within each group, over the week and seasonally increase the likelihood of obtaining sufficient intake of the nutrients required for good health.
The five food groups are:
- Vegetables and legumes or beans
- Grain foods – choose mostly wholegrain and/or high fibre cereal varieties
- Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes or beans
- Milk, yoghurt cheese - choose mostly reduced fat
Health Star Rating
The Health Star Rating has been introduced in Australia and New Zealand as a quick and easy way to compare the nutritional profile of packaged foods.
The Health Star Rating (HSR) system is a front-of-pack labelling scheme developed to provide convenient, relevant and readily understood nutrition information on food labels for shoppers to make informed food purchases for healthier eating choices.
The HSR icon on the front of food packages provides an at-a-glance overall rating of the healthiness of the food product - reflected as a star rating plus a number, rated from half a star to five stars. The icon also provides specific nutrient and energy information for comparing between similar foods. Generally, the more stars, the healthier the choice. Always check the additional nutrition and ingredient information on food labels to help you choose the right product for your individual health needs. The HSR system was developed by Australian State and Territory governments, food industry, public health and consumer groups.
Simplot has taken the initiative to include the HSR icon on all Simplot branded food products available via retail outlets at your local supermarket.
Find out more about using the Health Star Rating at www.healthstarrating.gov.au
Health Star Rating - Interactive Food Label
If you’d like to find out more about how the Health Star Rating works, take a look at the NSW Food Authority interactive food label on their website.
You can use your mouse or finger to spin the cereal box to find information. Access the interactive label here:
87% of our retail food products rate 3.5 Health Stars & above
Nutrition Improvement program
As a leading Australian food manufacturer, we take the nutrition profile of our food products seriously. With a Simplot food product in every pantry in Australia, we need to be sure that we are feeding the nation for healthy living.
Simplot Australia has developed a robust nutrition improvement program, as part of our Health & Nutrition strategy, to drive positive nutrition enhancement across the portfolio of Simplot branded foods.
Of course, we are working to continuously improve on our current portfolio too. In fact, we’ve set ourselves a big target, to nutritionally improve 25,000 tonnes of Simplot food products by the year 2020. This will require us to change 11% by volume of our Simplot branded food products, as rated against our Simplot Nutrition Profiling System criteria, to move the portfolio to the top 2 tiers – Good or Best rating.
We’ve already started the journey by reducing the sodium content of our Leggo’s sauce range.