Some cold hard facts

This data is from the Cleveland clinic. It is a tidy list that defines some terms I use a lot and some you may encounter in the grocery isle when you are shopping for your Low Fat/Low sugar lifestyle items:
Label claim Definition (per serving size)
Fat-free or sugar-free -Less than 0.5 grams of fat or sugar
Low-fat -3 grams or less of fat ( my plan asks you to eat less fat per serving than this)
Reduced fat or reduced sugar– At least 25% less fat or sugar
Cholesterol-free Less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat
Reduced cholesterol -At least 25% less cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat
Calorie free– Less than 5 calories
Low calorie -40 calories or less
Light or lite -One-third fewer calories or 50% less fat; if more than half the calories come from fat, fat content must be reduced by 50% or more

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Using the Nutrition Facts Label: A How-To Guide for Older Adults. http://www.fda.gov Accessed 5/29/2012
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy Weight—it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle! http://www.cdc.gov Accessed 5/29/2012
    United States Department of Agriculture. ChooseMyPlate.gov. Eat the Right Amount of Calories for You. http://www.choosemyplate.gov Accessed 5/29/2012
    United States Department of Agriculture. ChooseMyPlate.gov. What Are Empty Calories? http://www.choosemyplate.gov Accessed 5/29/2012
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