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What is a nutrient content claim?

Mary Mullen
Nutrition & Dietetics
A nutrient content claim is an FDA-approved word or phrase on a food package related to the nutritional value of the food, such as “low calorie” or “fat free.” Examples of nutrient content claims include:
  • low calorie: 40 calories or less per serving
  • reduced-calorie: at least 25 percent fewer calories per serving when compared with the original food
  • light or lite: one-third fewer calories or 50 percent less fat per serving; if more than half the calories are from fat, fat content must be reduced by 50 percent
  • sugar-free: less than one-half gram sugar per serving
  • reduced-sugar: at least 25 percent less sugar per serving when compared with the original food
  • fat-free: less than one-half gram fat per serving
  • low-fat: three grams of fat or less per serving
  • reduced-fat: at least 25 percent less fat when compared with the original food
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