Sometimes you might see on the food label “low” claim for low-fat, low-sodium, low-cholesterol, low-calorie.
What it means? This term can be used on foods that can be eaten often and you still won’t get more than the recommended amount of that nutrient.
The nutrients that can be described with this label are:
- Saturated fat
- Sodium (salt)
Other terms used often on labels are: Little, few, low source of, and contains a small amount of.
Here are some specific definitions:
- Low-fat: 3 g (grams) or less per serving
- Low-saturated fat: 1 g or less per serving, with not more than 15% of the calories coming from saturated fat
- Low-sodium: 140 mg (milligrams) or less per serving
- Very low sodium: 35 mg or less per serving
- Low-cholesterol: 20 mg or less per serving
- Low-calorie: 40 calories or less per serving
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 8, 2020