Additives & labels

5 years of Health Star Ratings – are they working?

5 years of Health Star Ratings – are they working?

Five years after its implementation in June 2014, a review of the Health Star Rating (HSR) has found it performs well. Studies have shown that seeing the logo on the front of a pack effectively directs shoppers towards buying foods lower in kilojoules (Calories), saturated fats, sugars and sodium. Is it all positive? Or are there a few problems that still need to be ironed out? Take a look at my thoughts…

16 October 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

What does ‘natural’ really mean? Is it code for healthy?

What does ‘natural’ really mean? Is it code for healthy?

Stroll down any supermarket aisle and you’ll soon spot foods labelled as ‘natural’, ‘all natural’ or ‘made from natural...

4 September 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

Avoid these 10 ultra-processed foods!

Avoid these 10 ultra-processed foods!

Think processed food only means frozen pizza and bags of chips? Or maybe it’s that white sliced supermarket bread, or anything in a...

20 June 2018 by Catherine Saxelby

10 things that MUST be on a food label

10 things that MUST be on a food label

Here’s a taste of what’s in my new eBook Cracking the Code – The Handy Foodwatch Guide to Food Labels. This short extract is...

14 February 2018 by Catherine Saxelby

Q.  How does Nutri-grain breakfast cereal score 4 Stars?

Q. How does Nutri-grain breakfast cereal score 4 Stars?

At the moment, I keep getting asked this one question over and over again. Namely how can a refined, processed, high-sugar snack-like...

6 December 2017 by Catherine Saxelby

Learn to Crack the Code eCourse

Learn to Crack the Code eCourse

If something says “All Natural” or "No Artificial Colours and Preservatives” does that mean it’s good for you? Not...

16 November 2017 by Catherine Saxelby