A company can make claims such as ‘0 calories’ and ‘0 grams fat’ about their food product if it meets certain criteria. Read below to find out what these and other common nutrition claims really mean.
A ‘0 calorie’ claim means there are less than 5 calories per serving of the product. A particular food could actually have 4 calories per serving, and be labeled as ‘0 calories’. Depending on how many servings you consume, these calories can add up:
‘0 calorie’ food (unless it’s water) shouldn’t be considered ‘free’ food to eat in excess while you’re trying to lose weight; this can actually sabotage your weight loss efforts by adding unexpected calories to your day.
A ‘fat free’ claim actually means there are less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving of a particular product.
This claim can be used if a product has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.
This claim means there are less than 0.5 grams of saturated fat and less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.
A ‘sodium free’ claim means there are less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving of a particular food. What other sodium claims mean.Source:
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