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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.


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