Cereal offenders: How 'junk' foods beat the health star rating algorithm

A recent study concluded that the Federal Government’s food star rating system is fairly accurate and when the ratings don’t align with the Australian Dietary Guidelines, it’s the latter that are often to blame.1,2

As a member of the NHMRC’s working group that revised the guidelines, I beg to differ. The basic problem is the difference in purpose and supporting evidence for the guidelines and the Health Star Rating System.

The study’s researchers used five key evidence