Decoding Food Labels
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.