Food packaging: what information does it provide?

A wealth of information, including numerous abbreviations, can be found on food packaging. This overview will help you make sense of all the data.


Ingredients are listed in descending order of quantity. This gives you an idea of how much of each ingredient the product contains. The ingredients list for strawberry yoghurt, for example, could be milk, sugar and strawberries. In other words, the yoghurt consists mostly of milk because milk is the first ingredient in the list. Since sugar is listed ahead of strawberries, we also know that the yoghurt contains more sugar than strawberries.
Depending on the manufacturer and product, the packaging may also contain other information (e.g. "contains gluten" or "overconsumption may have a laxative effect"). Information of this kind is intended to protect allergy sufferers and highlight potentially unpleasant side-effects.


Nutritional content

Nutritional labelling is not mandatory in Switzerland, but it is still present on most product packaging. It is often printed in an easy-to-understand table and shows the nutritional values per 100g or 100ml as well as per portion. The recommended daily allowance (also referred to as the "Guided Daily Amount" or GDA) is also shown as a percentage. This is based on a daily intake of 2,000 calories, representing the average daily requirement for an adult. Thanks to the GDA, you can quickly see the nutritional value per portion.


Other information

In addition to the ingredients and nutritional values, product packaging also contains information about the product's country of production, method of preparation, storage, shelf life and disposal.
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Generous contributions to nutritional advice

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In the event of further health-related questions, SWICA customers can contact the santé24 telemedicine service free of charge on +41 44 404 86 86. A telemedicine practice licence allows santé24 physicians to provide additional medical services in cases that are suited to a telemedicine approach. SWICA customers can also use the BENECURA medical app to carry out a digital SymptomCheck and receive recommendations about what to do next. During a subsequent phone call with santé24, customers can decide for themselves whether to release their information from SymptomCheck to santé24.