What do the numbers mean?
We start by telling you the amount of food that we’re talking about – so it could be one biscuit, half a ready meal, or two cooked sausages, for example. This way, you can get an idea of the amount if you eat more or less of the product as well.
Each nutrient given has a ‘Reference Intake’, which is a guide to the maximum amount of energy (calories) and certain nutrients you should have in your diet each day. These are:
2000 kcal (calories)
20g saturated fat
The number within the coloured box gives the amount of energy (calories) or nutrient that a serving of the food provides, for example:
Below that is a percentage. This is the percentage of the Reference Intake that’s in a serving of the food you are about to eat. So:
88 kcal is 4% of your 2000 kcal Reference Intake
4.6g fat is 7% of your 70g Reference Intake
0.1g salt is 2% of your 6g Reference Intake
If one biscuit provides 88 kcal, you can work out that eating two biscuits will give you 176 kcals, which is double the percentage Reference Intake as well, so 8% of your energy (calorie) needs that day.