How to read health stars

Eating better is easier with the Health Star Ratings system

The Health Star Ratings (HSR) system is a simple way to make healthier food choices. The government, industry, public health and consumer groups created the HSR to compare the nutrition value of foods in the same category, and score them from ½ a star to 5 stars. The higher the number of stars, the healthier the food.


Let’s say you’re looking for a lunchbox snack. Just compare two products in the same category, like muesli bars. If one has just 1½ stars and the other has 4 stars, the 4 stars one is the healthier option. And UNCLE TOBYS has Australia’s largest range of 4 star muesli bars.

If you’re choosing a breakfast cereal, compare the number of stars on the labels of products within the breakfast aisle. All UNCLE TOBYS cereals have an HSR of 4 stars or more.

Remember, the HSR system works best when comparing products within the same category – a 4-star yoghurt isn’t the same as a 4-star cereal.

How products earn their stars

Each product’s HSR is determined by calculating its food components – energy, saturated fat, sugars, sodium (salt), protein and dietary fibre, and the vegetable, fruit, nut and legume content of the food. The amounts of these nutrients determine the number of stars for the product.

We’re proud to have Australia’s largest range of breakfast cereals and muesli bars with a HSR of 4.0 stars or more.