- Calorie free means that the product has fewer than 5 calories per serving or another designated amount (make sure to note the size of the serving).
- Low calorie means 40 calories or less per serving.
- Light or lite means that the food has one-third less calories, 50% less fat, or 50% less sodium than the food with which it is being compared, usually the full-calorie version of the same food.
- Less and reduced (as in fat or sugar) mean that the food is at least 25% lower in calories or other ingredients compared with the full-calorie or regular version. When these words are used on a label, the actual percentages must also be included, for example, “50% less salt” or “fat reduced by 25%.”
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- Q How should I read food labels if I want to eat healthy?
- Q What can a food’s Nutrition Facts Panel tell me about calories?
- Q How can I encourage my child to eat nutritious food?
- Q What should I look for related to fiber on a nutrition label?
- Q What are the possible benefits of knowing retention factors?
- Q What are the daily values on nutrition labeling based on?