Good food is central to a healthy, happy life and we believe that good food should be great tasting, nutritious and help us to celebrate our culture.
Food is more than a fun and tasty part of our day – making the right choices can also help us stay healthy and
well throughout life.
Here, you'll find an introduction to a range of foods produced by Heinz and a summary of their benefits.Remember that National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) healthy eating guidelines recommend 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day.
We believe that there is no such thing as intrinsically good or bad foods, and that all foods can be enjoyed within a healthy, balanced diet. So it isn't just about nutrients. Variety, colour, flavour, texture and aroma, are all components of good food to be enjoyed everyday.
At Heinz we're always interested in discovering new ways to make our products even more nutritious and appealing – from our Weight Watchers range for the calorie-conscious to our growing selection of other reduced sugar and salt products.
For fresh taste and natural sweetness you can't beat fruit – it's also an easily digested and tasty source of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Each fruit gives you different nutrients, so eat different types and remember that fruit is always a great choice – fresh, frozen, canned or dried.
Frozen vegetables contain lots of goodness because they're processed as soon as possible after picking to preserve their nutrients (making them even more nutritious than some ‘fresh' vegetables).
Meat is recommended as part of a well-balanced diet as it contains many nutrients, including proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals.
Carbohydrates in pasta give you energy for life, growth and activity. For a healthy adult, it's recommended that about half your daily energy comes from carbohydrate-rich foods, like spaghetti and other pasta.
High in protein and generally low in fat, seafood is an excellent choice for any meal. Canned fish contains all the goodness of fresh fish, including the health-giving omega-3 fats.
Fabulous food for both young and old, beans (and other legumes) give you iron, folate, protein and fibre – and they're rich in resistant starch that helps keep our digestive systems healthy. Baked beans (in tomato sauce) also give you lycopene, an antioxidant that helps remove free radicals that damage body cells.
Fruit juice provides water, energy as fruit sugars and vitamin C. Children who consume juice are more likely to reach their daily fruit requirement (of 2-3 serves per day), than those who don't. 125mL of pure fruit juice is equivalent to one fruit serve.
Reading Food Labels
All Heinz products comply with the strict Australian laws in place regarding food labelling and composition.
Below are some of the most useful things to look out for on any Heinz product label.
The first ingredient in the Ingredients List is the one present in the largest amount (e.g. navy beans in Heinz Baked Beans). The percentages of other main ingredients are shown next. Then, at the end of the list, you’ll find those that are only present in small amounts, like flavourings and food additives.
Major allergens are listed if they are present as an ingredient, component of an ingredients, present in a food additive or processing aid, or where cross contamination could occur when the food is manufactured.
There are 7 components that must be shown on a Nutrition Information Panel – Energy, Protein, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Carbohydrate, Sugars and Sodium. Other nutrients or components may also be shown.
You can use the per 100g column to compare percentage of nutrients in foods where grams are the measure used, because g/100g is the same as percentage.
RDI (recommended daily intake) is the amount that is required in the daily diet of a healthy adult male. The serving column will show you how this food contributes to your daily needs.
Best Before dates are shown on packaged foods that should be consumed within a specific timeframe, although you may not find one on foods that have a long shelf life (such as baked beans).
Use By dates are only used on perishable foods such as milk and chilled fruit juice.
For more information about reading food labels, visit the FSANZ website (www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumerinformation/foodlabelling)