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What Do Words on Food Labels Really Mean?


Low Fat: 3 grams of less per serving.

No Sugar: Less than .5 grams of sugar and less than 5 calories per serving.

Low Calorie: Less than 40 calories per serving.

All Natural: this is a buzzword that is not regulated so don't fall for it.

Healthy Choice: Don't fall for these words either. There is no regulation on what a healthy choice is.

Gluten Free: These words are not yet regulated in Canada. Although most people who are celiac would hope that the statement is true on the label.

Certified Organic: means that the product has 95 percent or higher organic content. If a product is made by a company called "Organic Life" it doesn't guarantee it is organic. The product must say certified organic on it. Organic foods are grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. It helps protect our water systems from contamination and our bodies have less of a toxic burden. Organic also means that the food is not a clone or genetically modified.

High Fibre: 4 grams of fibre or more per serving.

Low Sodium: Less than 140 mgs per serving.

No Sodium: Less than 5 mgs per serving.