15 February 2019by Steve Flint, accredited practising dietitian
Understanding how to read food labels is an important skill and can help you make more informed choices about what you and your family members eat.
Food packaging is a powerful marketing tool, and food manufacturers have mastered the art of clever language, buzz words, eye-catching packaging and, on top of this, advertising campaigns that bombard us with messages to buy their products everywhere we turn.
It can be confusing and overwhelming for shoppers, as consumer group Choice puts it: “Labels are supposed to tell us what’s in our food, but they can sometimes leave us more confused than ever.”
This is where Diabetes Victoria can help.
We run supermarket tours in both metropolitan Melbourne and country Victoria. These tours are suitable for anyone living with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes or for anyone who wants to learn more about healthy eating, reading food labels and choosing healthy foods in the supermarket. We also have a tour for parents of children living with type 1 diabetes; these are currently offered in Chadstone only.What can I expect from a supermarket tour?
The tours run for approximately two hours in small groups of 6 to 8 people. A dietitian who is local to your community will teach you how to read the nutrition information panel, what to look for on a food label and how to make sense of nutrition claims, such as ‘fat free’, ‘no added sugar’ or ‘light’. You walk up and down most of the aisles so that you have the chance to compare different food products using your new label reading skills.
As part of the tour, you will be given a show bag with lots of information to take home; including a copy of the Diabetes Australia booklet, the Healthy Shopping Guide
, which normally sells for $7.50.Cost:
FREE for members of Diabetes Victoria and $15 for non-members. Bookings are essential.
Supermarket tours for parents
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Our supermarket tours for parents of children with type 1 diabetes teach label reading for carbohydrate counting plus making healthy food choices. As these are tours specific for parents, they will cover general healthy eating guidelines for children and teenagers as well as healthy lunch box and snack choices. These tours are run at Chadstone only.Ready to book or would like more information? Bookings are essential,
even if you are a member and can attend for free.
To make a booking, please click here
or call 1300 437 368
to speak to one of our team members.
One family member, carer or friend is able to attend for free. Make sure you mention this at the time of booking.