Understanding Nutrition Claims

Ever wondered what nutrition claims on food packaging mean? Here’s a quick rundown of the most common claims:

  • Low Calorie/Diet – Indicates that a product is low in fat or sugar, & is usually artificially sweetened.
  • No Added Sugar means No sugar has been added to the product, but it may contain other sugars e.g. lactose (milk sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar).
  • Cholesterol Free Cholesterol is only found in animal foods. Plant foods are often labelled cholesterol free which is misleading. Remember that “cholesterol free” does not necessarily mean low fat.
  • “Lite” or “Light” is a description of products that are low in fat, salt or sugar. But, this may also refer to the colour or flavour.
  • Reduced Fat – The total fat content of the food is reduced by 25% in comparison to the regular product. Note that the food may be reduced in fat, but not low in fat.
  • Low Fat – means that a food contains no more than 3g fat per 100g (1.5g fat per 100g for liquid).
  • Fat Free – Foods that contain no more than 0.15g fat per 100g. Keep an eye out for foods with claims such as 90% fat free – these are still 10% fat.
  • No Added Salt – No salt is added to the product. But, it may still contain some natural salt.
  • Salt Reduced – The salt content of the product is reduced by 25% compared to the regular product. It could still be high in salt.

Confused about any other claims or information on the packaging? All questions welcome!

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  1. Interesting.

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