WHAT this tool does? The Snack Nutritional Classification Wizard makes suggestions regarding the choice of prepackaged snacks with nutritional labels based on its nutritional quality and quantity in accordance with the latest version of the Nutritional Guidelines on Snacks for Students (Latest version) published by the Department of Health.
Nutritional Quality Snacks are classified into one of the follow categories based on nutritional quality:
Snacks of Choice
also known as ‘Green Light Snacks’, contain less fat, salt and sugar. We are encouraged to choose snacks from this category
Snacks to choose in moderation
also known as ‘Yellow Light Snacks’, contain more fat, salt and sugar. We should limit the frequency of consuming these snacks. Students are recommended to consume these snacks no more than twice in five school days
Snacks to choose less
also known as ‘Red Light Snacks’, are high in fat, salt or sugar. We should eat the least of such food items. These items should not be brought to school, or made available for sale from school tuck shops or vending machines
Quantity This tool will indicate whether the package size of the snack is appropriate or not. Snacks consumed at any one time should be no greater than 125kcal (525kJ)in energy content while drinks should be 250ml or less in volume.
Note! This Classification Wizard cannot tell if a snack contains caffeine or artificial sweetener. Schools and parents advised to study the food labels when selecting prepackaged snacks for children. (Please click here(Click to expand) for more details on how to check if caffeine or artificial sweetener has been used).
Caffeine can either be found naturally in foods and drinks such as tea and coffee or added during the food processing.
To know whether caffeine has been added into a food product, you are advised to check the ingredient list on the package.
Besides, artificial sweeteners are food additives that must be listed in the ingredient list of a prepackaged food.
Here are some of permitted sweeteners commonly used:
School personnel who are responsible for snack purchasing (All prepackaged food and drinks sold in schools should meet the GREEN or YELLOW criteria AND the suggested quantity for individually packaged items.)
Parents choosing snacks for children aged 6 years or over
Enter the name of the snack and choose the appropriate food or drink category
(Wrong entry of food or drink category may lead to inaccurate analysis)
Enter the individual package size and nutrition information appearing on the nutrition label and ingredients list
Analysis - this tool automatically classifies the prepackaged snack into Red, Yellow or Green category based on its nutritional content and computes the amount of energy contained in the individual package.
Nutritional Classification Summary Table (displays a maximum of 15 items) - print or save an excel file copy
School personnel may use this summary for snack monitoring purpose.
Exact ingredients and nutritional values may vary between batches of prepackaged snacks. Consumers are reminded to check against the nutritional information when they do the purchase.
Snack Nutritional Classification Wizard
'ABC' biscuits contain less fat, but 'EFG' biscuits have less sodium (salt), which ones should I choose?
May be you have encountered similar situation before – finding it hard to make choices using the information in the nutrition labels. The Department of Health (DH) has thus developed a 'Snack Nutritional Classification Wizard' iPhone / Android App to assist you in making healthier options of prepackaged snacks and drinks.
Simply by answering the questions prompted by the programme according to product information, the Wizard will classify the snacks based on its nutritional quality in accordance with the DH Nutritional Guidelines on Snacks for Students (Latest version). The Wizard will also indicate whether the individual package size of the snack is appropriate or not.
Only 3 steps, you can make healthier choice!
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