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Understanding the Health Star Rating System

The Health Star Rating is a rating system that can be found on the front of many packaged foods. It can help you quickly compare the nutritional value of similar packaged foods. Foods are rated from half-a-star to five stars based on their nutritional value per 100g or 100ml. The more stars, the better the choice.

The following resources will help you understand how you can use the Health Star Rating System in support of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating advice to choose nutritious foods from the five food groups, and limit intake of ‘occasional’ (discretionary) foods.

This infographic gives five practical pictorial tips on how to use the Health Star Rating in support of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating advice.

This factsheet gives a simple overview with brief text and pictures to explain how the Health Star Rating is calculated and how to use the nutrition information that may appear next to the Health Star Rating icon.

This factsheet gives a detailed illustrated explanation about healthy eating and how to use the Health Star Rating in support of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating advice.

This factsheet covers 11 frequently asked questions about the Health Star Rating System. Topics covered include how the Health Star Rating is calculated; the impact of fat, sugar, salt and fibre content; how to compare similar products; other nutrition information on labels; and the Health Star Rating’s use in diet related health conditions.

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