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Do You Speak Food Label Language?

Food labels can be pretty confusing.  For instance, you might think that you know what fat free means – but if a food product is labeled “fat free” does mean that it’s totally fat free? Not necessarily. According to the FDA, a food can be labeled fat free if it contains less than 0.5 grams […]

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What’s The Difference Between Low Fat, Reduced Fat, Light, Lean, And Extra Lean?

How much time do you spend in the supermarket aisle confused by the labels on mayo — or cookies — or just about every other item in the packaged bread aisle?  What do reduced fat, low fat, light, fat free, or low in calories actually mean? You practically have to walk around with a cheat […]

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A Primer On Reduced, Low, Light, And Free!

Do you have a clue what the difference is between reduced fat, low fat, light, and fat free.  You practically have to walk around with a cheat sheet — or an app — to figure out if something actually lives up to the promise on the product’s label. The same thing is true on menus, […]

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Do Fat Free Calories Count?

Do you think you are being oh-so-virtuous by grabbing the reduced fat cookies or crackers off of the supermarket shelf? I hate to disillusion you, but sometimes there isn’t a big difference in calories between the low or fat free version and the regular version of the same food.

In many reduced and fat free foods the fat is replaced with flour, sweeteners, or other starches and fillers which make the reduction in calories very small or, sometimes, nonexistent.

When fat free and reduced fat foods – especially snack foods like cookies, crackers, and chips hit the market — they were touted as products to help with the rising tide of obesity. Even things like pretzels, marshmallows, and gummy bears, foods that never contained fat to begin with, had “fat free” plastered all over their labels.

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If It’s Low In Fat Does It Mean It’s Low in Calories?

Does Low Fat = Low Calorie? No, No, and No! What Does Low Fat and Low Calorie Mean? Here’s the FDA definitions: Low Fat – 3 grams fat or less per serving Reduced or Less Fat — at least 25% less fat per serving than the “regular” full-fat food Fat Free – Less than 0.5 […]

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What The Heck Is The Difference Between Low Fat And Reduced Fat . . . and light, lean, and extra lean?

The Signs Are Everywhere How much time do you spend in the supermarket aisle confused by the labels on mayo — or yogurt — or milk?  Reduced fat, low fat, light, fat free, low in calories.  You need a spread sheet to sort out the calories and the nutritional stats. The same thing is true […]

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