Star ratings reveal snacks aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Choice used the recently released Health Star Rating Calculator to compare a selection of products manufactured by food giant Mondelez — the parent company of brands such Kraft, Cadbury, Nabisco and Oreo — with similar competing products. 

Earlier this month a spokesman for Mondelez criticised the star ratings calculator, labelling it “ill-founded, unscientific and confusing". 

While the full information needed to calculate the stars is only available to the manufacturer, Choice produced its ratings based on the available information on the product nutrition panels for three big-selling products — Kraft peanut butter, Kraft StripCheese and Ritz Crackers.

The calculator was developed with input from the food industry, including the Australian Food and Grocery Council to account for the amount of saturated fat, sugar and sodium in foods along with awarding points for fibre, protein and the presence of fruit, vegetables