What does low fat mean?

Nutrient claims such as ‘low fat’ are often used by food manufacturers to point out the nutrition benefits of their product.

Manufacturers who use this claim have to make sure the product meets strict criteria before they are allowed to print ‘low in fat’ on the food label.

A ‘low fat’ or ‘low in fat’ food must contain no more than 3g of fat per 100g of food.  A liquid must contain no more than 1.5g fat per 100g.

‘Reduced fat’ means the food must contain at least 25 percent less fat than the regular product to which it is being compared, and at least 3g less fat per 100g of food.

This means that a product can still be relatively high in fat, but still be labelled ‘reduced fat’.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help you to understand food labels and teach you to identify healthy foods for you and your family.