healthylife Food Tracker frequently asked questions
1. What is healthlylife Food Tracker?
healthlylife Food Tracker is a tool to help you review your food shopping against the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommendations and then inspire you to make healthier food choices and achieve a more balanced diet.
2. What is healthlylife Food Tracker based on?
The information in healthlylife Food Tracker is aligned to the principles and recommendations in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
3. How do you know my shopping history?
This information is based on your food shopping history from the Everyday Rewards program.
4. Is every product in Woolworths supermarket covered by healthlylife Food Tracker?
We’ve been working hard to analyse around 97% of the most common products available in Woolworths. In some cases, the specific item you purchased has not been individually analysed yet due to the transient nature of daily stock control.
5. Are legumes treated as vegetables or proteins in the calculations?
Legumes are classified in the vegetables & legumes and meal & alternatives food groups. Legumes have been programmed to count towards vegetables & legumes and meal & alternatives serves (they are double counted).
6. How are dried herbs and species treated in the calculations?
Aligned with the AUSNUT database, dried herbs and spices are not allocated to any food group categories.
7. How have foods been assigned to serves?
Food items have been assigned to one of the five main food groups – fruit, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives, dairy and alternatives. If a food item was made up of multiple ingredients, then the food was distributed across the appropriate food groups in the proportion of the ingredients within it. Foods that are classified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as 'sometimes foods' (discretionary foods) have been grouped separately.
Foods were assigned across food groups using the information available on the package including the product name and nutrition information panel. If this information was not available, then a proxy was selected with the best possible match.
8. How has the volume of products been considered in the calculations?
Liquids have different densities, and this can vary at different temperatures. For pure water, 1L of water is equal to 1kg. For ease of calculation, it was assumed that for all liquids 1L was equal to 1kg.
9. Who helped create the data to sit behind healthlylife Food Tracker?
CSIRO nutrition researchers prepared the food database used by Woolworths in healthlylife Food Tracker. The database calculates the amount of each food groups in food products. The database was prepared using an approach that was consistent with published data files available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Food Standard Australia and New Zealand and used in the 2011-13 Australian National Nutrition Survey.
10. What happens if I buy food for a party or occasion and this is not my normal shopping behaviour?
If you complete a shop, or a few shops that are not like your usual weekly shop, you will see some changes in your plate and overall balance. Once you return back to your usual shopping behaviour, and/or continue to make healthier swaps, you will see this return to your normal baseline.
11. Who are the experts who have developed healthlylife Food Tracker?
healthlylife Food Tracker has been developed by the experts at healthylife (dietitians, nutritionists), in collaboration with CSIRO, and has been expert reviewed by Nutrition Australia.
12. How is healthlylife Food Tracker designed for use? What will it do for me and my family and our nutrition habits?
healthlylife Food Tracker is designed to help you view your shopping habits over time, and see where you could make some simple changes to balance your plate against the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
13. In the Bar Chart, what period does the 7 days refer to?
The seven day period refers to the amount of serves you (and anyone else in your household) have left for the next seven days across the five main food groups since your last shop (based on recommended serves in the Australian Dietary Guidelines for the total household you entered). This is based on the last 14 days of shopping (since your last shop using your Everyday Rewards), and does not include items purchased from other stores.
14. In the plate chart - what does it mean when you choose week, fortnight or month?
The option to change from week, fortnight and month view, shows your shopping trends over either the past 7 days, 14 days, or the previous month.
15. What does the main plate graph show?
Your plate chart shows a % balance of your shopping broken down by food group and compares that to the recommended serves for the total household you entered (based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines). Choose to review your balance over the past week, fortnight or month, based on your shopping history.
16. What does the sometimes food graph show?
This graph shows your balance between the five main food groups and sometimes (discretionary) foods. Sometimes foods have been determined based on the Australian Health Survey: Users Guide, 2011-13 - Discretionary Food List.
17. What is a core food or drink?
A core food or drink sits with one of the five main food groups - Vegetables & legumes, fruit, meat & alternatives, dairy & alternatives and grains.
18. What is a non-core food or drink?
A non-core food or drink is referred to in healthylife Food Tracker as a 'sometimes food or drink' (discretionary food). These foods and drinks are recommended to have only sometimes and in small amounts. These foods are high in additional energy (kilojoules) and low in nutrients the body needs. Sometimes foods typically contain high levels of saturated fats, sugar, salt and/or alcohol. Examples include cakes, biscuits, confectionery, chocolate, cream, potato chips and sugar sweetened beverages.
19. What foods and drinks are included in the sugar sweetened beverages group of sometimes foods?
This group contains drinks that have added sugar, such as soft drinks, sports drinks, sweetened waters and cordial.
20. What foods and drinks are included in the sweet & savoury foods group of sometimes foods?
This group contains sweet foods like lollies, cakes, biscuits, muesli bars and ice cream, and savoury foods like savoury biscuits, pastries and crisps.
21. What foods and drinks are included in the fried foods & mixed foods group of sometimes foods?
This group contains convenience foods such as ready made pizza, garlic bread, spring rolls and other party foods.
22. What foods and drinks are included in the sauces, spreads & miscellaneous group of sometimes foods?
This group contains things like sweet spreads, syrups, butter, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and gravy.
23. What foods and drinks are included in the processed meat group of sometimes foods?
This group contains foods like salami, bacon, burgers, sausages and other processed meats.
24. What are the Australian Dietary Guidelines?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide current advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we should eat for health and wellbeing. The recommendations are based on scientific evidence, developed after looking at good quality research.
25. What is the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating?
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a food selection guide that visually represents the proportion of the five main food groups recommended for consumption each day.
26. Are all my grocery items included in this analysis?
healthylife Food Tracker only analyses the foods and drinks in your shopping basket from Woolworths, using your Everyday Rewards card information. Around 90-95% of top selling food and drinks that are stocked at Woolworths Supermarkets, Online and Metro are analysed by the tracker.
We continually review and update the database to account for new food products, and in future versions we anticipate being able to show you any foods or drinks that have been excluded from your calculation.
27. How can healthlylife Food Tracker guide my health and nutrition? Does it provide individual dietary/ health advice?
healthlylife Food Tracker is a useful tool to help you track the balance of your shop, when compared with the recommendations in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. However it does not provide individual dietary or health advice. For individual dietary advice, please consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian - Dietitians Australia or your medical practitioner.
28. I am confused by the bar chart - what is it showing?
The bar chart is designed to show you how many serves you have remaining (for your household entered) for the next 7 days, since your last shop. Your last shop is shown by the shopping trolley icon. This chart assumes that your family each consume the recommended serves from each food group, as per the Australian Dietary Guidelines.