When it comes to shopping for healthy foods, the biggest challenge can be understanding the nutrition labels. Low fat, fat free, light…what’s the difference? To help you grocery shop like a pro, we’ve put together a food label decoder to help you understand what’s in your cart.
Organic- Foods that are 100% organic have been certified and areto have been produced using methods which that are good for the earth. An item labeled “organic” contains at least 95% organic contents.
Fat free- Foods contain less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving.
Low fat - Equals Contains 3 grams of fat or less per serving.
Light- Contains up to 50% less fat than a full-fat item. Most often this means the item has a third fewer calories than its full-calorie equivalent. When it refers to sodium or fat, it means the item has up to 50% percent less.
Heart healthy- Foods are low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, and low in sodium, and they have no Trans fats. They also contain only three 3 grams or less of fat or less per serving, and have at least 0.6 grams of soluble fiber.
Low sodium- Contains 140 milligrams of sodium or less.
Gluten free- This product was made without gluten, which is found in wheat products, and most other grains.
Sugar-free- Foods contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving. Keep in mind this doesn’t always mean.
Low-calorie- If you’re watching your sugar intake,- aim for 5 grams of sugar or less.