Light…Lite or Scam?

BE AWARE: In Australia, the terms LIGHT or LIGHT on food packaging don’t necessarily mean lower in fat or kilojoules. It can also refer to the colour or texture of the product.

For example, food manufacturers are able to call a product ‘lite cheese’ if it is a lighter colour than their regular cheese. It may just have the same amount of fat or kilojoules as their full fat cheese. They are however, obliged to list somewhere on the packaging which feature of their product (such as colour) the lite claim refers to (and is usually found in teeny tiny writing hidden somewhere on the label).

Always compare brands to find the lowest in fat or kilojoules by reading the nutrition label and comparing the ‘per 100 grams’ column.

For more information regarding AUSTRALIAN food labelling laws, visit the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand website here at

Always read food labels to decide which food product is healthiest.


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