Be Claimed (cont’d).


Last time we talked about food label claims about calories. Now let’s move on to similar claims about fat.

  • Fat free…………………less than .5 g fat per serving
  • Low fat…………………3 g or less of fat per serving; or 3 g per 100 g of a main dish and 30% of total calories or less
  • Reduced fat……………25% less fat than the food it is being compared to
  • Low saturated fat…….1g or less and 15% or less of calories from saturated fat
  • Trans fat free…………. less than .5 g of trans fat
  • Light……………………50% less fat, or 1/3 fewer calories than the original product

Keep these definitions in mind next time you head down the grocery store! As you can see, just because something is labeled “reduced fat” doesn’t actually mean it is low fat. If the original product has 20g of fat, the “reduced fat” product still has 15g of fat!

Also don’t forget your portion sizes. If 1 cookie is labeled as “fat free” and has .5 g of fat, and you go over the serving size and eat 4, you are still taking in 2g of fat and negating the “fat free” claim on the label.

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

 

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