Using the label

The information on this page is historical. Food labels are changing and the term Guideline Daily Amount is being replaced by Reference Intake (RI). Read about the new nutrition labelling requirements.

Whether you are choosing between products in a supermarket, deciding what to have for a snack at home or need a drink whilst out and about, using the check, compare and choose approach can help you to make food choices based on your individual needs.

The approach has three clear stages:

  • Check the food label and what it contains.
  • Compare foods with other similar products.
  • Choose the foods that best suit your needs.

How to use the GDA label

The example of a cereal bar and yogurt show how to use the check, compare and choose approach.Cereal bar and Yogurt with GDA labels

The two options are products that might typically be eaten as a snack.

If you are watching your saturated fat intake you can use the GDA label to make the best choice to suit your needs.

  • Check: first of all, looking at the label will show you that the cereal bar contains one gram of saturates (saturated fat), that's five percent of the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA). The yogurt contains 2.5 grams of saturates (saturated fat), which is 13 percent of the GDA.
  • Compare: using this information you can see that the yogurt contains more saturated fat than the cereal bar. The yogurt contains 1.5 grams more saturates (saturated fat) than the cereal bar, which is eight percent more of the GDA.
  • Choose: if you are watching your saturated fat intake you might want to pick the cereal bar, which contains less than the yogurt. Or if you do choose the yogurt, be sure to keep using labels in order to stay within the GDA for saturates (saturated fat).

More product label comparisons

More examples on how to use the GDA label by applying the check, compare and choose approach.


Last reviewed: 19 Jun 2013