Let's start with becoming familiar with some of the common
nutritional terms and what they mean - many are just marketing
terms used to attract shoppers.
Lite/Light may refer to reduced fat
content, but may also be used to describe taste, texture or colour.
Check for an explanation on the label and compare fat content per
100g with similar products.
Baked not fried products may not be
lower in fat. Always check the fat content of the product in the
Nutrition Information Panel to determine whether or not it is a
Cholesterol free does not mean 'fat free'
or 'low in saturated fat'. Cholesterol is only found
in foods that contain animal products. Therefore, it will not be
found in any plant foods. It is more important to eat a diet that
is low in saturated fat than one that is low in
No added sugar means the product contains
no added sugars such as fructose, honey or glucose. However, the
product may contain just as much natural sugar from milk or fruit
and will still affect your blood glucose level. It doesn't mean a
product is lower in kilojoules.
Reduced fat means there is 25 per cent
less fat compared to the regular product but it can still contain
high levels of fat. Check the nutrition information on the