Nutrient Claims: What is “free”?

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Nutrient Claims: What is “free”?

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What is healthy?

A food that is low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and that contains at least 10% of the Daily Values for vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein, or fiber

High – 20% or more of the DV for a given nutrient per serving. AKA rich in or excellent source.

Less – at least 25% less of a given nutrient or kcalories than the comparison food. AKA fewer and reduced.

Light or Lite – 1/3 fewer kcalories than the comparison food. 50% or less of the fat or sodium than the comparison food

Low – an amount that would allow frequent consumption of a food without exceeding the DV for the nutrient.

More – at least 10% more of the DV for a given nutrient than the comparison foods. AKA added and extra.

Organic – on food labels, that at least 95% of the product’s ingredients have been grown and processed according to USDA regulations defining the use of fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, preservatives, and other chemical ingredients. 

Energy

 

Calorie free – fewer than 5 kcal per serving.

Low kcal – 40 kcal or less per serving.

Reduced kcal – at least 25% percent fewer kcal per serving than the comparison food.

Carbohydrates : fiber and sugar

 

High fiber – 5 grams or more fiber per serving.

Sugar free – less than 0.5 gram of sugar per serving

Fat and cholesterol

 

Fat free – less than 0.5 gram of fat per serving (and no added fat or oil). AKA zero-fat, no-fat, and nonfat.

Low fat – 3 grams or less fat per serving.

Less fat – 25% or less fat than the comparison food.

Saturated fat free – less than 0.5 gram of saturated fat and 0.5 gram of trans fat per serving

Low saturated fat – 1 gram or less saturated fat and less than 0.5 gram of trans fat per serving

Less saturated fat – 25% or less saturated fat and trans fat combined than the comparison food

Trans fat-free – less than 0.5 gram of trans fat and less than 0.5 gram of saturated fat per serving

Cholesterol-free – less than 2 mg cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat and trans fat combined per serving

Low cholesterol – 20 mg or less cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat and trans fat combined per serving.

Less cholesterol – 25% or less cholesterol than the comparison food and 2 grams or less saturated fat and trans fat combined per serving

Extra lean – less than 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and trans fat combined, and 95 mg of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams of meat poultry and seafood.

Lean – less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and trans fat combined, and 95 mg of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Sodium (salt)

 

Sodium free and Salt free – less than 5 mg of sodium per serving

Low sodium – 140 mg or less per serving

Very low sodium – 35 mg or less per serving

Reduced sodium - at least 25% less sodium than the original product

Light in sodium- at least 50% less sodium than the original product

Unsalted/No added salt- no salt added during processing (NOT SODIUM FREE)

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