All About Nutrition

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Which nutrients need to be displayed

The nutrient values that must be displayed are the following:

Some manufacturers also display some extra nutrient information, such as:

While helpful, this extra information is not legally required in Australia.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand do not require nutrition labelling on the following foods:


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What is the purpose of showing nutrients values

The purpose of showing the values of the nutrients specified by Food Standards Australia, as a minimum, is to encourage consumers to make healthier food choices, choose foods lower in saturated fat and lower in sugars.

An example of nutrition label, with required (and extra) nutrients displayed is shown below:

Nutrition label









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Specific nutrient values

The minimum nutrient values (required by Food Standards Australia) are important to be displayed, due to the following:

All of these nutrients allow consumers to determine if a food is high or low in saturated fat, sugar and sodium.


More information

To learn more, see Food Standards Australia.

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Last reviewed: 7 January 2007 || Last updated: 7 January 2007


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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of minerals supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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