Nutrition Information Panel: Protein
Nutrition labeling is required when nutrition claims or permitted health claims are made1. The information to be declared in the panel includes the energy, protein, fat, and carbohydrate contents of the food1.
Protein is an essential component of our diet. Dietary proteins supply our body with amino acids. Amino acids are known as the building blocks of life. They are required for our body to make functional proteins, like enzymes, and structural proteins, like those found in muscles. Proteins can also act as energy sources.
We can know the amount of protein in a pre-packaged food by referring to the nutrition information panel on its label. It is usually expressed as the grams of protein in 100 grams of the food.
How do you know if a food is a decent or good source of protein? According to the nutrient claim requirements set by Singapore Health Promotion Board, a food product can be claimed as a good source of protein when 100 grams of the food provides a minimum of 10 grams of protein2. To be listed as a source of protein, 100 grams of the food product must supply at least 5 grams of protein2.
Posted on 27 Aug 2021