Nutrient Claims on Food Labels

What is a Nutrient Claim?

Ever wonder what "low fat" or "high fiber" really means? Nutrient content claims describe a food and the level of a particular nutrient in that food. "Low fat" and "High fiber" are both examples of nutrient content claims. These types of claims usually appear on the front of a package and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA requires that the industry follow guidelines when making these claims.


Common Nutrient Claims and Descriptors

Calorie free Less than 5 calories per serving
Low calorie 40 calories or less per serving
Sugar free Less than .5 g per serving
No added sugar No sugar, or sugar-containing ingredient added during processing or packaging
Fat free Less than .5 g per serving
Low fat 3 g or less per serving
Cholesterol free Less than 2 mg of cholesterol and 2 g or less saturated fat per serving
Salt or sodium free Less than 5 mg per serving
Low sodium 140 mg or less per serving
High in or excellent source of or rich in One serving provides at least 20% or more of the Daily Value for a particular nutrient.
Good source of One serving provides 10-19% of the Daily Value for a particular nutrient.
Fresh Generally used on a food in its raw state. Cannot be used on food that has been frozen or coked, or on food that contains preservatives.