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Understanding Food Labels

Learn how to interpret food labels so you can make informed food choices and buy food that supports your health and wellbeing.

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3 weeks

Weekly duration

3 hours


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This course is free for 3 weeks, from the moment you start.

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About : Get the facts you need to put your trust in the food system

Huge amounts of information are provided on food product labels, but surveys have shown that we’re often unsure of its meaning.

On this course, you’ll learn how to make sense of the regulations, data, and logos on packaging so that you can make more informed food choices. You’ll become more aware of what’s in the food you’re buying, the reference intakes for different people, and the nutritional value and environmental sustainability of different foods. You’ll also gain a better understanding of food labelling regulations, as well as the claims food producers are allowed to make.

Who should join the course :

This course is designed for anyone who makes food purchasing choices and wants to learn more about what goes into their food, the health benefits of what they eat and the sustainability of how it’s produced.

Learning objectives and outcomes :

Once completed, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret a typical food label - be familiar with the categories of information labels contain and why they are important.
  • Explore ingredients lists and discover your recommended daily allowances.
  • Compare trustworthy health claims and those inspired by marketeers.
  • Collect reliable information to base your buying decisions on.
  • Assess the complexities of labelling food according to production values such as sustainability and animal welfare.
  • Reflect on the limitations of food labels - what they don't tell you.

Structure & Modules : What are you going to learn over 3 weeks?

Week 1 - What's in my food and is it good for me?

  • What are food labels?
  • How effective are food labels?
  • Can we trust food labels?
  • Review & Reflect

Week 2 - What's in my food and is it good for me?

  • Decoding nutritional information
  • Using the ingredients list
  • Nutrition and health claims
  • Review & Reflect

Week 3 - How can I control the quality of my food and how it was produced?

  • Branding
  • Labels for sustainability
  • Review & Reflect

Partners : Where can you find this course?

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