Do you ever wonder what nutrition claims actually mean? What's low-fat and do "sodium-free" items actually mean no sodium? Understanding labels is a great way to manage your diet. Here's the lowdown:
Often seen on cereal and pasta boxes, it means that the item contains at least 2 grams of fibre. "High source of fibre" refers to a minimum of 4 grams of fibre while "very high source of fibre" means there's at least 6 grams of fibre in the product.
On a diet? Opt for foods that are "low fat". It means that when you eat the amount specified in the Nutrition Facts table, you'll consume less than 3 grams of fat.
The item contains less than 2 mg of cholesterol in the portion size mentioned on the package.
If you're trying to cut out sodium from your diet, you might want to know that sodium-free products contain less than 5 mg of sodium.
Brand often introduce "light" versions of certain products. The label means that there's at least 25 percent less calories in the product than the regular version of that food.