Food plays a major role in our lives and contributes to our physical health and wellbeing.
Getting reliable and practical advice as a consumer shopping for food, understanding labels and how what we eat can affect our health is tremendously important.
Where and how you buy food can make a real difference to your wellbeing. You can eat well on a tight budget; a lack of cash doesn’t mean you can’t eat well, but it will take a little more time and effort as you pay more for convenience.
Don't buy everything at an expensive supermarket; use local shops and budget supermarkets; and remember that the larger supermarket chains often have useful basic ranges.
Avoid or keep to a minimum ready meals and takeaway foods, as well as being expensive they are often unhealthy and high in saturated fat, salt and sugar.
Remember that a lot of great food is produced locally and by shopping local you are helping your community. Try to put some effort into how you shop and buy food. Convenience tends to be the most expensive option, but shopping around takes time.
A good diet is vital to living a healthy lifestyle and finding the best diet can be complex. There is also a huge amount of advice available to make the right choices and decide what is to be avoided. There are many qualified professionals available to help.
If you feel you need professional help, Nutritionist Resource can help you navigate to a qualified professional:
0844 8030 244 www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk
Food labels are a useful source of information but they can be very confusing with all their different terms and symbols. A number of supermarkets and food manufacturers are using traffic light labels on some food products to help you make your choice.
Read and understand the labels. The Food Standards Agency provides advice and information to the public and Government on food safety, nutrition and diet. It also protects consumers through effective food enforcement and monitoring
020 7276 8000 www.food.gov.uk
Five a Day
Fruit and vegetables help set you up for a healthier lifestyle. They're packed with vitamins and minerals and a source of fibre and antioxidants. They can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
To get the best health benefits, you are recommended to eat five portions a day to include a combination of a variety of fruit and vegetables.
Fairtrade is a trading partnership that seeks improvement in international trade to support producers and workers. Buying fairtrade products means that you can be assured that the supplier will receive better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Look for the FAIRTRADE symbol on packaging.
Consider buying foods which carry the symbol.
The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the Fairtrade symbol on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. You can contact the foundation.
020 7405 5942 www.fairtrade.org.uk
Frozen Meals Service
In Liverpool there is a frozen meals service for people over 65 provided by Wiltshire Farmfoods. Meals are delivered fortnightly to homes for you to store and cook as required. The service is available on request to anyone in the city and there is no assessment process. There is a charge for each meal that is prepared to the highest standards and is nutritionally balanced.
If you or someone you know is aged over 65, use the frozen meals service to ensure you are getting a nutritionally balanced and cost effective meal.
Meals on Wheels - if you or a friend or neighbour wish to receive frozen meals through the Frozen Meals and Wheels service then contact Careline
0151 233 3800. www.liverpool.gov.uk