This guide will help you understand the nutritional information on our recipes (and work out how many cookies you can get away with eating!)

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Traffic light nutrition

At the bottom of every recipe on Homemade you'll find a 'traffic light' label displaying the nutritional details for that recipe. At a glance, you can see whether a serving contains high (red), medium (amber) or low (green) amounts of fat, saturates, sugars and salt. 

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Traffic light nutrition


What are Reference Intakes?

Reference Intakes (RIs) are a guide to the maximum amounts of calories, fat, saturates, sugars and salt an adult should consume in a day (based on an average female adult). They were formerly known as Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs).

The traffic light label shows what percentage of RIs a serving provides, helping you balance your diet.


One serving is based on one adult serving, or one biscuit, cookie or cupcake (for example), if the recipe makes something individual. 


How can I compare recipes?

Underneath the 'traffic light' label, you'll also find 'typical values per 100g'. This tells you how many calories there are in 100g of the food or drink, making it easy to compare different recipes across the site.

Where ingredients include pre-prepared products such as jars of sauces, we've calculated the nutritional content using the most appropriate Sainsbury's product.