Calorie Lingo - Learn what the Terms Mean
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
The calories a food product contains in a single serving. In addition, "calorie lingo" on the label can alert you to lower-calorie food products:
- "Calorie-free" means the product contains fewer than five calories per serving.
- "Low-calorie" means 40 calories or fewer.
- "Reduced" or "fewer" calories means at least 25 percent fewer calories.
- "Light" or "lite" indicates the product contains one-third fewer calories or 50 percent less fat.
Remember, just because a product is fat-free doesn't make it calorie-free. Always read the label.