The research conducted by Auckland University analysed the content of more than 23,000 packaged food and drink items, which had nutrition details on the pack, at supermarkets across Australasia.
“This study proves if New Zealand wants to lift the health of its citizens, better information needs to be provided.” –Sue Chetwin, Consumer CE
### NZ Herald Online 5:00 AM Sunday Apr 12, 2015
Most food misses mark
By Matthew Theunissen – Herald on Sunday
More than half of the packaged food in our supermarkets is unhealthy. New research reveals that even what we think is good for us is often saturated in sugar, salt and fats. Only one third of dairy, meat and bread products could be described as healthy, the Auckland University research concluded. And even packaged fruit and vegetables failed to meet health standards 29 per cent of the time. The study’s authors say the findings of so few healthy choices among our staples is a concern for a nation battling obesity issues. They want a health star rating system introduced, a move backed by Consumer New Zealand, which claims the Government is turning a blind eye to obesity.
• Seafood: 84 per cent
• Soups, pizzas, ready meals: 80 per cent
• Fruit and veg: 71 per cent
• Cereal: 60 per cent
• Bread and bakery: 29 per cent
• Meat: 23 per cent
• Sauces, spreads: 20 per cent
• Snacks: 12 per cent
– Per cent that meets health standards.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
*Images: (top) 3news.co.nz – supermarket cart; thecardiacclinic.co.nz – healthy foods