You should be in a habit of reading food label on the packet before you buy anything from market. Food label gives the complete information of the ingredients in the packet.
You should know how to read a food label and the meaning of the information given.
- The Food Code requires to list all the ingredients in descending order by weight. It means the farther from the top of the list an ingredient is, the less of it the package contains.
- The list also indicates the source of fats and oils or the type of oil. Become wise! The label may simply say cream or beef, this does not give any indication about the amount of fat in that ingredient. Try to avoid labels with animal fats, coconut oil or coconut milk.
- Don't be carried away with the word 'light' or 'lite'. The item may be light in color, texture or flavor. These words on a bottle of oil may mean light in flavor or color! Oil cannot be light, after all it is an oil, i.e. a fat whose intake must be minimised, particularly oils high in saturated fats.
- Always take a note of 'expiry date' or 'best before date' of the item.