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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.
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.
The UNCLE TOBYS name and logo has significant historical significance, it was designed by Nellie Love, the niece of Clifford Love – the founder of UNCLE TOBYS, who was a keen artist and a student of literature. She suggested the name and designed the logo based on the great literacy character in the “Life of Times of Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne, first published in 1759. In the book Uncle Toby is a gentle, uncomplicated lover of his fellow man. The original design of Uncle Toby standing with the Widow Wadman has seen little changes over the years, so has become a treasured representation of the UNCLE TOBYS heritage.