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What do calorie-free and low-calorie food labels mean?

Toby Smithson
Toby Smithson on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics
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A food product labeled low calorie indicates a product with 40 calories or lower. A food product labeled calorie free indicates that item has little to no calories and will not have an effect on your body. Be sure to note the serving size on the label and amount of servings per container so you aren’t misled about a lower calorie food or beverage by splurging and consuming more than you expected.

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