Nutrient Claims

Nutrient Claims

Feb 22, 2016

Nutrient Content Claims & Percent (%) Daily Value

Ever wonder what the difference is between fat free, saturated fat free, low fat, reduced and less fat? The government has defined certain claims that can be used on food packaging. For example, you'll see the claim "less sodium" on some brands of chili with beans. This means the product has at least 25% less sodium than the regular version. Some of the popular claims are listed here.

Claims for calories


Calories free:

less than 5 calories per serving

Low calorie: 

40 calories or less per serving

Claims for fat

Fat free

less than 0.5 g of fat or saturated fat per serving

Saturated fat free

less than 0.5 g of saturated fat and less than 0.5 g of trans fatty acids

Low fat

3 g or less of total fat

Low saturated fat

1 g or less of saturated fat

Reduced fat or less fat

at least 25% less fat than the regular version


Claims for sodium

Sodium free or salt free:

 less than 5 mg of sodium per serving

Very low sodium:

 35 mg of sodium or less

Low sodium:

140 mg of sodium or less

Reduced sodium or less sodium:

at least 25% less sodium than the regular version


Claims for cholesterol

Cholesterol free:

less than 2 mg per serving

Low cholesterol:

20 mg or less

Reduced cholesterol or less cholesterol:

at least 25% less cholesterol than the regular version

Claims for sugar

Sugar free:

less than 0.5 grams (g) of sugar per serving

Reduced sugar: 

at least 25% less sugar per serving than the regular version

Claims for fiber

High fiber:

5 g or more of fiber per serving

Good source of fiber:

2.5 g to 4.9 g of fiber per serving

Percent (%) Daily Value


The Percent (%) Daily Value indicates how much of a specific nutrient one serving of food contains compared to recommendations for the whole day. The percentage is based on a 2000-calorie diet. If you need more or fewer calories, then your Daily Values would be different.

To find out how many calories you need each day, talk with your dietitian or certified diabetes educator. The Percent (%) Daily Value is a useful tool to check whether a food is high or low in a certain nutrient such as fat or fiber. A product is:

 Hope Danielson, Director of Health and Wellness for County Market

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