Fat Free. Low Sodium. Sugar Free. That’s just a handful of the health claims that packaged foods regularly claim. But what do these mean and what dietary and health claims can you really trust?

To help demystify the label check out the list of definitions below. All of the definitions are currently approved and regulated by the FDA.

Fat Free.  Low Sodium.  Sugar Free.  That’s just a handful of the health claims that packaged foods regularly claim.  But what do these mean and what dietary and health claims can you really trust?

To help demystify the label check out the list of definitions below. All of the definitions are currently approved and regulated by the FDA.

Calorie-free: less than 5 calories

Sodium-free: less than 5 milligrams

Fat-free: less than 0.5 gram of fat and no added fat

Cholesterol-free: less than 2 milligrams

Sugar-free: less than 0.5 gram

Low: would allow frequent consumption of a food low in a nutrient without exceeding the dietary guidelines

Low-calorie: less than 40 calories

Low-sodium: less than 140 milligrams

Very low-sodium: less than 35 milligrams

Lowfat: less than 3 grams

Low in saturated fat: less than 1 gram and less than 15 percent of calories from saturated fat

Low in cholesterol: 20 milligrams or less, with less than 2 grams of saturated fat

High: 20 percent or more of the Daily Reference Value for a nutrient

Good Source: Contains 10 to 19 percent of the Daily Reference Value for a particular nutrient