Walking through a supermarket you are often overloaded with choices – and knowing which products to choose from becomes a long and tedious task. This is where the Heart Foundation Tick comes in. It is designed to make buying healthier options easier.
What is the Heart Foundation Tick?
Put simply the Heart Foundation Tick was designed to be a quick and easy guide to identify healthier foods. They are healthier because Tick foods have met the standards for saturated fat, trans fat, salt and where appropriate, kilojoules and fibre.
|Did you know that there are more than 2,000 foods in the supermarket that have the Tick?|
What kind of products have earned the Tick?
It ranges! Foods that have the Heart Foundation Tick include:
|Fruits and vegetables:
||Fruit and vegetables – All qualify for the Tick
Frozen potato chips – saturated fat, trans fat, kilojoules, salt, cooking instructions, potato, sweet potato or kumera content
|Bread and Cereal Products
||Bread and crumpets – saturated fat, trans fat, salt and fibre
Breakfast cereals – saturated fat, trans fat, fibre or wholegrain content, kilojoules
||All are acceptable|
||Fresh and Frozen Fish – Plain fish with nothing added
Canned salmon – saturated fat, trans fat, salt, seafood content
|Meat and Poultry Products
||Lean meat – saturated fat, trimmed of all visible fat
Smallgoods – saturated fat, salt, trimmed of visible fat, trimmed of visible skin (poultry)
|Milk and Dairy Products
||Plain milk – saturated fat, kilojoules, calcium
Frozen desserts – saturated fat, kilojoules, calcium, protein
||All eggs are acceptable|
|Nuts and Seeds
||Nuts and seeds – trans fat, salt, serve size|
The above table was adapted from The Tick Shopping Guide which is available from the Heart Foundation website. This is a great resource for people who want to know more information around which products have the tick and what criteria they must meet.
How can consumers be sure that Tick standards are maintained?
Random testing! This helps to ensure that products always meet the Tick. Failure to meet the requirements means foods (or meals) being removed from the Tick program.
What about foods that don’t have the Heart Foundation Tick?
There are many foods that do not have the Heart Foundation Tick, but are still healthy, good options to choose from. The key here is to know how to read labels to make the best food choices. For more information on label reading check out Belinda’s article on Food Label Reading.
Putting it all together
There are many products that meet the Heart Foundation Tick and represent healthier choices compared to others on the supermarket shelves. If you would like specific advice to make healthier foods choices or are confused about the Heart Foundation Tick and how it applies to you contact our dietitian Rhiannon Welsh today!