When eaten in excess, foods in the RED LIGHT SECTION
can make it difficult to manage your blood glucose levels and keep a healthy weight. However, in small amounts, foods in the Red Light Section can be enjoyed.
These foods are likely to be high in fat, particularly saturated fat, high in kilojoules or high in concentrated sugars. Some foods in this section contain both fat and carbohydrate and therefore overlap with the amber section. They have also been included in the amber section so that you have information on the quantity of carbohydrate they contain. Be careful however, when selecting these foods as part of the carbohydrate intake. Alcohol is also a red light food.
The inclusion of ‘Red Light’ foods needs to be considered in terms of the ‘big picture’.
Your 'big picture' includes:
- overall goals
- level of physical activity
- blood glucose levels
- cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- amount of body fat
- what else is being eaten
- how often the food is eaten.
For a detailed list of Red Light foods you need to login into your account,
or consult the printed version of the Traffic Light Guide to Food.