Nutrient Claims

Nutrient Claims

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There are many nutrition or claims that can be put on food packets. These may help you with your food choices. It still helps to read the nutrition information panel as well, see Reading Food Labels

Nutrition  ClaimWhat it means
Low fatno more than 3 g fat per 100 g of solid food or no more than 1.5 g fat per 100 ml of liquid food
Fat freeno more than 0.15 g fat per 100 g of food
Reduced fatless than 25 per cent fat than the same amount of the original food, may still be high in fat
Low cholesterolno more than 10 mg cholesterol per 100 ml of liquid food or 20 mg per 100 g of solid food.  The food must also be low in fat.
Toasted or oven bakedthe food is likely to have been cooked in oil or fat and may be high in fat, it is best to check the label
Low salt must have no more than 120 mg of sodium per 100 g of food
No added saltno extra salt has been added
Reduced saltmust have at least 25 per cent less salt than the original food, may still be high in salt (check the label)
Low in sugarno more than 5 g of sugar per 100 g of solid food or 2.5 g of sugar per 100 ml of liquid food.
No added sugarno extra sugar has been added, but the food may still have a large amount of natural sugar (check the ingredients list)
Reduced sugarat least 25 per cent less sugar than in the same quantity of the original food, may still be high in sugar (check the label)
Sugar freeno more than 0.2 g of sugar per 100 g
Unsweetenedno added sugar or artificial sweetener
Low joule or low calorieno more than 170 kJ per 100 g of food, or no more than 80 kJ per 100 ml of liquid food, these foods are usually artificially sweetened
Good source of fibreat least 4 g dietary fibre per serve of food
Excellent source of fibreat least 7 g dietary fibre per serve of food

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