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Fat and sugar in foods/drinks


The Issue:
Fried and greasy foods at the take-away and sweet soft drinks and even fruit juice drinks that have added sugar are not good for you if you have too much of them.  Also fatty meats and sugary cakes and biscuits and other foods like this can cause health problems. Find out more about fatty foods and non-fatty foods.


These are easy food choices for most people to make. High fat and sugar products are tasty, so many people find it hard to break the habit of buying them. These foods have very little nutrition and can cause you to become overweight or obese. They can also contribute to other diet related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.



Possible ways to address the issue:
Many people are already aware that these food and drinks choices are not the best for their health. You can often find the better foods at the store by looking for the red tick on the packet. The red tick shows the better food and drinks choices that are available at the store. When buying food at the take-away, try to have things like sandwiches with wholemeal bread, or stew with rice. These foods are better for you but they are also filling and tasty and they don’t always cost more than unhealthy choices. The drinks that are better for your health are milks, water and if desired, small bottles of fruit juice (choose the ones with no added sugar). These better drinks provide nutrients that promote good health and are therefore better value for money.


Find out more about Aboriginal diet and nutrition.






The issue:

Many people find themselves without money on many days of the week. This means they have to go for many days without enough good nutrition. Sometimes people don’t realise how much they are spending on certain products and might find their money runs out too quickly and they don’t have enough left to buy food later in the week..


Possible ways to address the issue:

People need to find ways to make their money last longer. There might be a service available through the council office or the store where people can have part of their pay reserved to pay for food when they need it. People should also learn to shop wisely. They should compare different products available in the store and buy the cheapest product to suit their requirement. For example, if they wish to buy steak, T-Bone can be twice the price of another cut of meat or if they are looking for vegetables, a pack of frozen vegetables might be cheaper than the cost of certain fresh vegetables.






The issue:

Many people rely on foods that require little to no preparation time. This may be due to lack of cooking facilities at home or being away from home. Many of the foods bought for convenience might be high in fat and salt. Lots of people use instant noodles as a quick and easy meal but most of these are high in salt which can cause disease. In many situations the easiest thing is to buy food at the take-away rather than get food from the store to cook a meal at home. A lot of take-away foods are high in fat, salt and sugar and these can be harmful to your health if you eat them all the time.


Possible ways to address the issue:

There are many food choices that are convenient and also provide a good  source of nutrition. Tins of meat and vegetables are good as a main meal. Tinned spaghetti and baked beans can be eaten at any time of the day. Frozen meals can have good amounts of meat and vegetables and can cost very close to the price of a takeaway bought meal. Cheese and tomato goes well with bread or dry biscuits.

Find out more about healthy fast food.