Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel
This unit unpacks the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) on packaged food. It demystifies the sometimes complicated range of terms and figures, and explores how the NIP can be co-opted by advertising techniques.
The World Health Organisation says that for good health, we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. On average, Australians consume 14-16 teaspoons per day. Teenagers consume more than 20. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn.
This Math unit teaches students how to evaluate the sugar content of the food that they're eating. It introduces and contextualises the NIP, explains its key features, and touches on the way in which different figures can be manipulated or changed to increase perceived nutritional value.