Maintaining a healthy weight is important for everyone. A healthy weight can help you to live longer, get more out of life and reduce your chances of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

What we choose to eat and drink is likely to affect our weight. Supermarkets provide many food options, but as shoppers we don’t always have the time to fully understand the choices available.

The Health Star Ratings are designed to take the guesswork out of reading labels. They will help you quickly and easily compare the nutritional profile of similar packaged foods and to make informed, healthier choices when shopping.

A high Health Star Rating doesn’t mean that the food provides all of the essential nutrients which contribute to a balanced diet. The Health Star Ratings are one tool to assist you in following a healthy diet, and consideration should be given to other information such as the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Your daily intake should include foods from each of the following five food groups:

  • vegetables and legumes/beans;
  • fruit;
  • grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties;
  • lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds; and
  • milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

And try to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

For more information on choosing food to maintain a balanced diet, visit the Eat for Health website.

Using the Health Star Ratings in store

You can make healthier choices by using the Health Star Rating to compare the overall nutritional profile of packaged food products at-a-glance. Try these tips next time you go shopping.

  • Look for the Health Star Ratings on the front of packaged food products.
  • Use the Health Stars Ratings to compare similar food products. Remember, the more stars, the healthier the choice.
  • Use the nutrient information to choose products that contain less sodium, saturated fat and/or sugars.

The Health Star Ratings are one tool to assist you in following a healthy diet, and consideration should be given to eating a wide variety of nutritious foods, many of which may not be packaged.

For information about what foods contribute to a healthy diet, and how much of each food should be consumed, visit the Eat for Health website.

To find out which companies are implementing the Health Star Rating system, visit the Companies Implementing page.