What Food Labels Really Mean (How To Read Food Labels)

Now I’m one for healthy eating. You all know that. The majority of articles recently on the site have been about dieting techniques and methods relating to food to eat or not to eat. After all, diet is the most important factor for natural athletes who want to change their bodies. While I could list the 15 or so foods that you should eat, I know that most people won’t love eating chicken and almonds like I do.

If you aren’t going to eat a caveman diet like I am then you need to make better decisions in the grocery store. Trouble is, with marketing these days, people just want money so companies slap a claim or sticker on the front of the package telling you that the product is “high” this or “low” that. What does it all really mean though?

Sugar Free means that the product contains less than 0.5 g per serving.

Reduced Sugar means that the product has at least 25% less than the average brand per serving.

No Sugar Added means that the product has no sugar added to the processing or packaging. This does not mean that the product doesn’t contain sugar.

Calorie Free means that the product has less than 5 calories per serving.

Low Calorie means that the product is less than 40 calories per serving.

Fat Free means the product contains less than 0.5 g of fat per serving.

Saturated Fat Free means that the product contains less then 0.5 g per serving and the level of trans fatty acids is no more than 1% of the total fat.

Low Fat means that the food contains 3 g or less of fat per serving.

Low Saturated Fat tells you that the product contains 1 g or less per servingĀ  or no more than 15 % of total calories are from saturated fat.

Reduced Or Less Fat means that the product contains at least 25 percent less fat per serving than the original food.

Reduced Or Less Saturated Fat means that the product contains at least 25 percent less fat per serving then equal brands.

Cholesterol Free means that the product contains less than 2 mg’s of cholesterol and 2 g or less saturated fat.

Low Cholesterol refers to any product that has less than 20 mg or less per serving.

Reduced Or Less Cholesterol means that the product has at least 25 percent less and 2 g or less of saturated fat per serving.

Sodium Free means that the product contains less than 5 mg per serving.

Low Sodium means that the product is 140 mg or less per serving.

Very Low Sodium means that the item contains 35 mg or less per serving.

Reduced Or Less Sodium means that the product contains at least 25% less per serving

High Fiber means that the product contains 5 g or more per serving.

Good Source Of Fiber means that the product contains 2.5 to 4.9 g per serving.

More Fiber Added means that the product contain at least 2.5 g more fiber than the original version.

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  1. Paul F. Sweatt
    7 years ago

    Good Stuff


  2. Roger F
    6 years ago

    That’s an eye opener


  3. AHMED CENA
    6 years ago

    COOL STUFF!!!!!!!!!
    IT IS REALLY HIGH NEEDED AND IMPORTANT

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