Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Non-Fat Tips to Remember for Grocery Shopping

Label Lingo-if you want to be more careful when buying food

Anytime you head to the grocery store check the labels. On the front of many food labels, you'll find words that describe the fat or cholesterol content of the food inside.

Fat free - less than 0.5 gram fat per serving
Low fat - 3 grams or less of fat per serving
Reduced or less fat - at least 25% less fat* per serving
Light - one-third fewer calories or 50% less fat* per serving
__% fat free - the food meets the definition of "low fat" or "fat free" if stated as 100% fat free Light meal - "low fat" (at least 50% less fat per serving*) or "low calorie" meal (at least 1/3 fewer calories per serving*)
Low-fat meal - 3 grams or less fat per 100 grams and 30 percent or less calories from fat Saturated fat free - less than 0.5 gram saturated fat and less than 0.5 gram trans fatty acids per serving
Low saturated fat - 1 gram or less saturated fat per serving and no more than 15% of calories from saturated fat
Reduced or Less saturated fat - at least 25% less saturated fat*
Lean** - less than 10 grams total fat, 4.5 grams or less saturated fat, and 95 milligrams cholesterol per 3-ounce serving and per 100 grams
Extra lean** - less than 5 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, and 95 milligrams cholesterol per 3-ounce serving and per 100 grams.

1 comments:

Chels and Zach said...

good to know! thanks for putting this up!