Openly accessible

Measuring the healthiness of the packaged food supply in Australia

Crino, Michelle, Sacks, Gary, Dunford, Elizabeth, Trieu, Kathy, Webster, Jacqui, Vandevijvere, Stefanie, Swinburn, Boyd, Wu, Jason Y and Neal, Bruce 2018, Measuring the healthiness of the packaged food supply in Australia, Nutrients, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.3390/nu10060702.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
sacks-measuringthe-2018.pdf Published version application/pdf 1.00MB 1

Title Measuring the healthiness of the packaged food supply in Australia
Author(s) Crino, Michelle
Sacks, GaryORCID iD for Sacks, Gary orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Dunford, Elizabeth
Trieu, Kathy
Webster, Jacqui
Vandevijvere, Stefanie
Swinburn, Boyd
Wu, Jason Y
Neal, Bruce
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 10
Issue number 6
Article ID 702
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-05-31
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) nutrition
food supply
packaged foods
nutrient profiling
health star rating
INFORMAS
core foods
processed foods
dietary guidelines
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
nutrition & dietetics
Summary The increasing availability of packaged foods plays a key role in nutritional transition. This study examined the healthiness of the Australian packaged food supply using a range of different metrics; 40,664 packaged products from The George Institute's FoodSwitch database were included. Median and interquartile range (IQR) were determined for each measure of nutrient composition; mean and standard deviation (SD) for the measure based upon Health Star Rating (HSR); and proportions (%) for the measures based upon products with a higher HSR, classification of foods as either core or discretionary, extent of processing and proportions of foods that met reformulation targets for sodium, saturated fat and total sugars. Overall median (IQR) values were 1093 (1256) kJ/100 g for energy, 1.7 (6.3) g/100 g for saturated fat, 5.3 (21.4) g/100 g for total sugars, 163 (423) g/100 g for sodium and 50 (100) g or mL for serving size. Overall mean (SD) HSR was 2.8 (1.4), proportion with HSR < 3.5 was 61.8%, proportion of foods defined as discretionary was 53.0% and proportion of foods defined as highly processed was 60.5%. There were sodium targets set for 21,382/40,664 (53%) foods and achieved for 14,126/40,664 (35%). Corresponding figures for saturated fat were 328/40,664 (0.8%) and 130/40,664 (0.3%). Nutrient profiling, dietary guidelines and the extent of food processing provided comparable assessments of the nutritional quality of Australia's packaged food supply. Individual measures of nutrient composition did not, but may be of value for identifying specific foods of concern.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu10060702
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, the authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30110466

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Population Health
Open Access Collection
Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 21 Abstract Views, 1 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 09 Jul 2018, 15:08:42 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.