Need a quick tip to discern which product contains more of a particular vitamin or mineral at one glance? What is the difference between ‘contains vitamin C’, ‘added with vitamin C’ and ‘rich in vitamin C’?

Bionic eyes we do not possess but here’s a quick tip on how we can (humanly) suss out which product contains more of a particular vitamin/mineral just by stealing a glimpse at the packaging. Makes making an informed choice at the store a lot easier, doesn’t it?

Health Promotion Board (HPB) has published a set of guidelines to standardize the practice of placing nutrient claims on packaged food products. Nutrient claims are categorized into different tiers depending on the amount that is contained in the food product. The criteria, that are minimum quantities of a specific nutrient, for every ‘tier’ of claims for the specific nutrient have been established. For example, a food product must contain a specified amount of vitamin C before a claim from the corresponding tier can be made on the food label. For ‘desirable’ nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that we are encouraged to consume as part of our diet, choose a ‘rich source’ over another product that merely claims its ‘presence’.

Disclaimer: Placement of nutrient claims is not mandatory therefore the absence of a nutrient claim on the product label does not necessarily equate to its absence in the said product.


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