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Food Label Claims – Dietary Fiber

Food label claims are words or phrases on a food package that makes a comment about the nutritional value of the food.

A statement such as “made with oat bran” or “high in oat bran” implies that a product contains a considerable amount of the nutrient. Claims that imply a product contains a particular amount of fiber can be made only if the food actually meets the definition for “high fiber” or “good source of fiber,” whichever is appropriate.

Fiber terms

  • High fiber – 5 g or more per serving
  • Good source of fiber – 2.5 g to 4.9 g per serving
  • More or added fiber – At least 2.5 g more per serving than the reference food

Calorie terms:

  • Low-calorie - 40 calories or less per serving
  • Reduced-calorie - At least 25% fewer calories per serving when compared with a similar food
  • Light, Lite – One-third fewer calories or 50% less fat per serving; if more than half the calories are from fat, fat content must be reduced by 50% or more

Sugar terms:

  • Sugar-free - Less than 1/2 gram sugar per serving
  • Reduced sugar – At least 25% less sugar per serving when compared with a similar food.

Fat terms:

  • Fat-free - Less than 1/2 gram fat per serving
  • 100% fat free - Meets requirements for fat free
  • Low-fat - 3 grams fat or less per serving
  • Reduced-fat - At least 25% less fat when compared with a similar food

Cholesterol terms:

  • Cholesterol-free – Less than 2 milligrams cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat per serving.
  • Low-Cholesterol – 20 milligrams or less cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat per serving

Sodium terms:

  • Sodium-free – Less than 5 milligrams sodium per serving
  • Salt-free - Meets requirements for sodium-free