L is for Labels and Nutrient Claims
NUTRITION TIP THURSDAY
L | Labels and Nutrient Claims
by Lindsey Herr
“No antibiotics” or “raised without antibiotics”
This term is only used on red meat, poultry and egg packages.
Producers must provide documentation indicating the animal was raised without the use of antibiotics in order to add the “no antibiotics” label.
Milk from cows treated with antibiotics cannot be sold, so milk products should never display the “no antibiotics” claim.
Low-calorie: 40 calories or less per serving
Low-cholesterol: 20 milligrams or less per serving and only when a food contains 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving
Low-fat: 3 grams or less per serving
Low-saturated fat: 1 gram or less per serving, with no more than 15 percent of calories coming from saturated fat
Fat free: Less than 0.5 g fat and fat is not an ingredient
High fiber or excellent source of fiber: 20% or more of the Daily Value (DV) for fiber
Good source of fiber: 10-19% of the Daily Value (DV) for fiber
Gluten-free: a food comprised of less than 20 parts per million of gluten. This rule also applies to the terms “no gluten,” “free of gluten” and “without gluten.”
“No hormones added”
Pigs and egg-laying hens are prohibited from receiving hormones; therefore, “no hormones added” cannot be displayed on pork and poultry products, unless it is followed by “federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones.”
May appear on a beef label if the producer can demonstrate that no hormones were used to raise the cattle.
Light/Lite: At least 50% less fat than the regular product (or 1/3 fewer calories if less than 50% of calories are from fat)
“Natural”: The FDA temporarily definesnatural as having nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives) added to the food.
Not intended to address pesticides, food manufacturing techniques such as pasteurization, or the nutritional value.
“100 percent organic”
Contains 100% organic ingredients.
The principal display panel may carry the USDA organic seal or “100 percent organic” claim.
Any product that contains a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients.
Up to 5 percent of the ingredients may be non-organic products that are not commercially available as organic.
“Made with organic ___”
Used on a product that contains at least 70 percent organically produced ingredients.
- These products may state “made with organic ___” on the principal display panel and list up to three ingredients or ingredient categories.
- They cannot bear the USDA organic seal.
Less than 70 percent organic ingredients
May list organic ingredients on the information panel.
These foods cannot display the USDA organic seal or the word “organic” anywhere on the principal display panel.
Low-sodium: 140 milligrams or less per serving
Very low sodium: 35 milligrams or less per serving
Reduced or less sodium: At least 25% less sodium than the regular product
Sugar-free: A food that has less than 0.5 grams of sugars per serving
Reduced sugar or less sugar: At least 25% less sugars than the regular product
No added sugar: No sugar or sugar-containing ingredient added during processing or packaging