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NUTRITION/FOOD: Nutrition Labels

The FDA provides a variety of information about nutrition and how to read nutrition labels here:
www.cfsan.fda.gov/~acrobat/nutfacts.pdf.

Here is another quick guide to what to pay attention to while reading a nutrition label:
www.health.state.ri.us/disease/ihw/nutrition-label.php

Products boasting to be healthy options often use phrases such as these.  Here are guidelines companies must follow in order to label their products with these phrases.

NO FAT OR FAT FREE

Contains less than a 1/2 gram of fat per serving. 

LOWER OR REDUCED FAT

Contains less the fat or calories of the original version or a similar product. 

LOW FAT

Contains less than 3 grams of fat per serving. 

LITE

Contains 1/3 the calories or 1/2 the fat per serving of the original version or a similar product. 

LOW CALORIES

Contains 1/3 the calories of the original version or a similar product.

NO CALORIE OR CALORIE FREE

Contains less than 5 calories per serving. 

SUGAR FREE

Contains less than 1/2 gram of sugar per serving. 

NO PRESERVATIVES

Contains no preservatives (chemical or natural).

NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED

Contains no added chemicals to preserve the product. Some of these products may contain natural preservatives. 

LOW SODIUM

Contains less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving.

NO SALT OR SALT FREE 

Contains less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving.

BAKED NOT FRIED

Used mostly for potato chips, crackers or corn chips, this label means the product is usually sprayed with a lite oil then baked in an over instead of fried in the oil.

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