How does the Health Star Rating work?
The Health Star Rating (HSR) is a government led initiative to give you an easy way to compare the nutritional profile of packaged foods to help make informed choices when shopping. It can help you to choose healthier options by looking at the number of stars on a product.
Health Star Ratings range from half a star up to five stars - the more stars, the healthier the choice.
Remember the Health Star Rating system is designed to compare products in the same category – for example you can compare cereals with other cereals, but it was not designed to compare cereal with, say, yoghurt.
Together with other important nutritional information on our packs like nutrients per serve and % daily intake, the Health Star Rating is another way for you to make more informed choices for you and your family.
How is the Health Star Rating Calculated?
The Health Star Rating is calculated using an equation which takes into account the energy, saturated fat, sugar and sodium contents of the product and balances that against the positives of protein and fibre content.
Other positive attributes like the fruit, vegetable, nut, seed and legume content are also considered as positives. Products with more stars will generally be foods with more protein and fibre and less energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt.
The algorithm to determine the number of stars is based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
You can find more information about health stars from the government website www.healthstarrating.gov.au
What are the numbers next to the Health Star Rating?
In addition to the star rating, manufacturers have the option of providing more nutritional information in the form of nutrients and energy per 100g. Adjacent to the star rating on our packs you will find five icons which display the energy, saturated fat, sugar and sodium per 100g of the product plus one positive nutrient such as protein, fibre or a vitamin/mineral.
It is important to remember that this information is provided per 100g of the product and does not reflect what is found in one serving. Nutrients in a serving of the product can still be found in the Nutrition Information Panel, together with the % Daily Intake.
When a package contains only one serving, the additional information adjacent to the Health Star Rating will be provided per serve.
Check out the Health Star Ratings of our products.