TUESDAY 21ST APRIL 2015
The Heart Foundation’s Tick family has grown even bigger with the introduction of ‘Two Ticks’, making it even easier for Kiwis to identify the core foods for a healthy diet.
Foods that carry the Two Ticks logo are required to meet stricter nutrition criteria than foods with the single Tick, and look more at the food as a whole rather than focusing just on specific nutrients.
Two Ticks is the result of over two years of hard work, evolving the Tick programme in response to consumer and food industry needs. There are currently over 100 different food products on supermarket shelves displaying the Two Ticks logo with more to come.
Two Ticks aligns with the four major food groups for healthy adults as outlined by the Ministry of Health. The programme applies to plain fruit and vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, low fat dairy products, legumes, lean meat, poultry and seafood. Tick Programme Manager Deb Sue says foods with the Two Ticks logo are core foods that all Kiwis should be eating daily for good health.
“Feedback from consumers and food companies has also told us that people want to be able to more easily identify the core foods that make up a healthy diet, in addition to the healthier options within various food groups. Two Ticks is our response to that,” she says.
The single Tick continues to help consumers identify healthier choices within a food category, such as soups or sauces. More than 1,100 food products in 62 categories already feature the Tick logo, enabling consumers to make better choices for their families.
It is also worth noting that with the increasing concern about sugar, the Tick programme will be reintroducing a sugar criterion in relevant categories. Deb Sue, says the Tick programme used to have a sugar criteria but it was replaced in 2001 with an energy criteria, which includes sugar and fat. This was because evidence at the time showed a stronger link between energy intake and cardiovascular disease than sugar intake and cardiovascular disease.
“Re-introducing a sugar criterion into relevant categories will align better with the WHO guidelines on sugar,” says Deb. “Previously, the evidence between sugar intake and heart disease was not as strong as it is now and we are moving with the latest research.”
“Tick has been around for 21 years. It’s an independent, trusted and credible brand. We’re confident Tick and Two Ticks will continue to help Kiwi consumers to make healthier food choices.”