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Do you get confused at the grocery store? So many manufacturers are out to trick you with their gimmicks.   Don’t be fooled. Know these terms the food people are required to follow when creating their packaging.  Teach them to your kids.  Taken from my “Nutrition Now” textbook):

  • Low fat = 3 grams or less of fat
  • Low saturated fat= 1 gram or less saturated, 0.5 grams or less trans fats.
  • Low sodium = 140 mg or less of sodium
  • Percent fat free = specific percentage of fat on a weight basis.
  • Reduced = 25% less calories, cholesterol, or saturated fat and transfat than the regular product.
  • Trans fat free = less tahn 0.5 grams trans fat and less than 0.5 saturated fat.
  • High = 20% more of the daily value for a particular nutrient (i.e., “High in vitamin C”)
  • Lean = fewer than 10 grams of fat, fewer than 4.5 grams of saturated fat and trans fat combined, and fewer than 95 mg cholesterol.
  • Less= 25% less of a nutrient than comparable food.
  • Light or lite = 33 % fewer calories or half the fat as regular product.
  • Low calorie = 40 calories or fewer per serving.
  • Low cholesterol= 20 mg or less cholesterol.
  • Good source = 10-19% of the daily value for a particular nutrient.
  • Free = no negligible amounts of sugars, sodium, or fat.
  • Fat Free= less than 0.5 grams of fat
  • Extra or more= at least 10% more of the Daily Value of a nutrient per serving than in a similar food.
  • Extra lean = Fewer than 5 grams of fat, fewer than 2 grams saturated fat, and trans fat combined.
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Hey Amy,
We met at the startup princess event in April. I just ordered 3 of your plates for my kids. I am excited. I am totally into nutrition as well. I love cooking with whole foods and we try as much as we can to eliminate refined sugars. Anyways hope things are going well. It is fun to check out your blog and get your ideas. Great job!

Thanks Rebecca! I loved meeting you at start up princess. I get really excited to hear about families who eat well. Keep it up.