Defining the terms on labels?
Ever wondered exactly what the terms on your food are drink labels actually mean? Well, here are some of the more common ones that we see. Hopefully this will clear up any questions you may have.
- Calorie-free – less than 5 calories
- Cholesterol-free – less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol
- Fat-free – less than .5 grams of fat
- Sodium-free or salt free – less than 5 milligrams of sodium
- Sugar-free – less than .5 grams of sugar
- Low calorie – less than 40 calories
- Low in cholesterol – less than 20 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat
- Low fat – 3 grams or less of fat
- Low in saturated fat – contains one gram or less of saturated fat
- Low sodium – less than 140 milligrams of sodium
- Very low sodium – less than 35 milligrams of sodium
- Products with 1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat and sodium content reduced 50%.
- These products must contain 25% or less of a nutrient or calories than the regular product, as well as 2 grams of less of saturated fat.
“Percent Fat Free”
- “Percent Fat Free” refers to a low-fat or fat-free product that must accurately state the amount of fat per 100 gram serving.
“High/Rich In/Excellent Source”
- Product contains 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value (RDV) of a given nutrient.
- Product contains 10%-19% of the Recommended Daily Value (RDV) of a given nutrient.
- A term used to describe the fat content of meat, poultry and seafood. A “lean” product must contain less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4 grams of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams (about 3 1/2 oz.).
- A term used to describe the fat content of meat, poultry and seafood. An “extra lean” product must contain less than 5 grams of fat, less than 2 grams of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams (about 3 1/2 oz.).
- A product can be labeled “healthy” if it is low in fat and saturated fat, has 480 milligrams or less of sodium per serving, and contains at least 10% of the Recommended Daily Value (RDV) for one of the following nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, protein or fiber.