Nutrient content claims: what they mean

Table of nutrient-content claims and what they mean
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Footnotes

Footnote 1

per reference amount and serving of stated size (specific amount of food listed in the Nutrition Facts table) OR per 100 g if the food is a pre-packaged meal

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Footnote 2

per reasonable daily intake

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Free
No
0
Zero
Without
The food provides an amount of a nutrient that is so small it likely won't have any effect on your body. Calories/Energy Less than 5 CaloriesFootnote *
Sodium/salt Less than 5 mgFootnote *
Fat Less than 0.5 g fatFootnote *
Saturated fat Less than 0.2 g saturated fatty acids AND less than 0.2 g of trans fatty acidsFootnote *
Trans fat Less than 0.2 g of trans fatty acids AND 2 g or less of saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids combinedFootnote *
Cholesterol Less than 2 mg of cholesterol AND 2 g or less of saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids combinedFootnote *
Sugars Less than 0.5 g of sugars AND less than 5 CaloriesFootnote *
Low
Little
Few
The food provides a very small amount of the nutrient Calories (energy) 40 Calories or lessFootnote *
Fat 3 g or less of fatFootnote *
Saturated fat 2 g or less AND 15% or less energy from the sum of saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids combinedFootnote *
Cholesterol 20 mg or less of cholesterol
2 g or less AND 15% or less energy from the sum of saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids combinedFootnote *
Sodium / Salt 140 mg or less of sodium Footnote *
Protein No more than 1 g protein per 100 g of the food
Reduced
Less
Lower
Lower in
Fewer
The food is processed/modified so that it contains at least 25% less of the nutrient when compared with a similar product Calories (energy) At least 25% less Calories than the food to which it is comparedFootnote *
Fat At least 25% less fat than the food to which it is comparedFootnote *
Saturated fat At least 25% less saturated fat than the food to which it is compared Footnote *
Trans fatty acids At least 25% less trans fatty acids than the food to which it is compared Footnote *
Cholesterol At least 25% less cholesterol than the food to which it is compared Footnote *
Sodium/salt At least 25% less sodium than the food to which it is compared Footnote *
Sugars At least 25% less sugars than the food to which it is compared Footnote *
Lightly The food provides at least 50% less of the added nutrient Sodium/salt At least 50% less added sodium than the food to which it is comparedFootnote *
No added
Without added
The food has none of the nutrient added to it Fat Contains no added fats or oils or added butter or ghee, or ingredients that contain added fats or oils, or butter or ghee
Sugar Contains no added sugars, no ingredients containing added sugars or ingredients that contain sugars that functionally substitute for added sugars
Sodium/salt Contains no added salt, other sodium salts or ingredients that contain sodium that functionally substitute for added salt
Source Contains The food provides a significant amount of the nutrient Calories (energy) At least 100 CaloriesFootnote *
Protein Protein rating of 20 or moreFootnote **
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids At least 0.3 g of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acidsFootnote *
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids At least 2 g of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acidsFootnote *
Fibre At least 2 g of fibre, if no fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement of the claimFootnote *
OR
2 g or more of each identified fibre or fibre from an identified fibre source if a fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claimFootnote * or the food contains at least 1 ingredient that meets the conditions above, if the food is a pre-packaged meal
Vitamins/Minerals At least 5% of the recommended daily intake
More
Higher
Higher in
At least 25% more of a nutrient compared with a similar product Calories (energy) At least 25% more Calories, totalling at least 100 more Calories than the food to which it is compared
Fibre At least 25% more fibre, totalling at least 1 g more, if no fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claim, or at least 25% more of an indentified fibre source, totalling at least 1 g more, if a fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claimFootnote *
OR
At least 2g fibre if no fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claim, or at least 2 g of identified fibre or fibre from an identified fibre sourceFootnote * or  the food contains at least 1 ingredient that meets the conditions above, if the food is a pre-packaged meal
Protein Protein rating of 20 or more and contains at least 25% more protein, totalling at least 7g more than the food to which it is compared Footnote **
Good source of At least 15% of the recommended daily intake Vitamins/Minerals At least 15% f the recommended daily intake except at least 30% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C
High in
High source of
The food contains at least 4 g of fibre Fibre At least 4 g of fibreFootnote * if no fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claim
OR
At least 4 g of each identified fibre or fibre from an identified sourceFootnote * if a fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claim
OR
Contains at least 1 ingredient that meets the conditions above, if the food is a pre-packaged meal
Excellent source
Very high
Very high in
Very high source
Rich
Rich in
The food provides a very large amount of the nutrient Protein Protein rating of 40 or moreFootnote *
Fibre At least 6g of fibreFootnote * if no fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claim
OR
At least 6 g of each identified fibre or fibre from an identified sourceFootnote * if a fibre or fibre source is identified in the statement or claim
OR
Contains at least 1 ingredient that meets the conditions above, if the food is a pre-packaged meal
Vitamins/Minerals At least 25% of the recommended daily intake except at least 50% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C
Light The food is processed/modified so that it contains at least 25% less of the nutrient when compared with a similar product Energy At least 25% less Calories than the food to which it is comparedFootnote *
Fat At least 25% less fat than the food to which it is comparedFootnote *
Lean Contains 10% or less fat Fat The food is meat or poultry that has not been ground, a marine or fresh water animal or a product of any of these
Extra lean Contains 7.5% or less fat Fat The food is meat or poultry that has not been ground, a marine or fresh water animal or a product of any of these
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