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Family Matters: What Does That Label Mean?


With all the different wording on labels it may get confusing on what things mean. For example, what is the difference between low fat and reduced fat?

The main thing with food is moderation and it is very important to look at the serving size on the label. While something is low fat and you eat multiple servings, you are consuming more fat than you thought.

Fat-free: Fat-free means that there is less than 0.5 grams of fat per a serving. Another way you may see this is: no fat or without fat.

Low fat: A low fat product will have less than 3 grams of fat per a serving.

Reduced fat: When you see reduced fat this means compared to the original product, the reduce fat product has 25% less fat than the original product. For example, if you are looking at a box of cookies and a box of the same cookies that say reduced fat, the reduce fat cookies will have 25% less fat than the regular box of cookies.

Low saturated fat: This means that this product has less than or equal to 1 gram of saturated fat and that no more than 15% of the calories of this product come from saturated fat.

(Source: FDA)

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