Reading Nutrition Information Panels (aka NIPs) on food and beverage labels shouldn’t require serious homework. Taking the time to understand the basic components of the NIP will not only save you time at the supermarket shelf but can also help you select a beverage that meets your individual dietary needs.
All our beverages, except for plain water (as it is simply water and is kJ free), carry a NIP as required by the Food Standards Code. The uniformity of all NIPs can also help you to compare the nutrition profile of different beverage choices.
The NIP provides nutrition information ‘per serve’ and ‘per 100 ml’ so you can compare products. The first component in the NIP is energy which refers to the kilojoules found in the product. On
Knowing the energy that foods and beverages provide can help you to balance the energy you take in with the energy you expend throughout the day via basic bodily functions, normal daily activities and physical activity.
Beneath energy in the NIP you will find protein, fat (total and saturated fat), carbohydrates (total and sugars), dietary fibre and sodium. These are listed in both the ‘per serve’ and ‘per 100 ml’ column in grams (g) or, in the case of sodium, in milligrams (mg).
- Fat contains 37kJ per gram
- Carbohydrate contains 17kJ per gram
- Protein contains 17kJ per gram
Some food and beverages, including some of our products, also provide additional information in the NIP to show the quantities, in milligrams (mg) and micrograms (µg), of vitamins and minerals a product contains. Again these are listed ‘per serve’ and ‘per 100 ml’ but also as a percentage of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI). For example, the NIP on the label of ‘Glaceau Vitaminwater’ also contains a ‘% RDI’ column. In this column you will see the vitamins and minerals in a serve as a percent of the specific RDI for each vitamin and mineral.
Total Daily Intakes (DI) are a set of reference values (see table below) for acceptable intakes of energy (kilojoules), protein, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fibre and sodium. These are not recommendations for daily intake but are a guide based on an average adult diet of 8700kJ per day and are stipulated in the Food Standards Code. The correct level for you may be higher or lower depending on your own daily energy needs.
|Total Daily Intakes
You will see a ‘%DI’ (% Daily Intake) column in the NIP. This column shows you the energy (kilojoules) and nutrients in a serve of our beverages represented as a percentage of the Total Daily Intake. %DI are an easy way to see how foods and beverages can fit into your daily diet and are useful to help you compare products and choose beverages that best suit your individual needs.
%DI Label on Front of Pack