Health Star Ratings are a quick and easy tool to use while shopping to help you choose the healthiest products.

When you’re buying packaged food – like cereal, dairy and canned food – you can use the Health Star Rating to see which is the healthiest. The Health Star Rating compares the nutritional value of many packaged foods. Ratings range from ½ a star to 5 stars - the more stars, the healthier the choice.

Health star rating

Follow these steps

  • Look for Health Star Rating labels on the front of packaged food and drink when you go shopping.

  • Compare similar types of foods (for example, compare one cereal with another cereal, but don’t compare cereal with yoghurt) and pick the product with the highest Health Star Rating. Remember, the more stars, the healthier the choice.

  • Try and choose products that have at least 3.5 stars. For inspiration, try one of our healthy meal recipes.

  • Aim to stock up on plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Health Star Rating is only used on packaged products, so remember to also fill your shopping trolley with plenty of foods from the five food groups.

Find out more about Health Star Ratings