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Defining Common Health Terms: Low Fat 101

Low fat is probably one of the most common phrases used when people discuss a healthy diet. But what does this term actually mean? And is it as useful as society believes it to be.

A low-fat diet is one that restricts fat and often saturated fat and cholesterol as well. Low-fat diets are intended to reduce diseases such as heart disease and obesity, but have been shown to cause obesity in some cases. So this diet and trend works for most but not in all circumstances.

Low Fat Label

In Australia, to use the term ‘low in fat’ requires the product to fall under strict guidelines. For a product to be low fat, it must contain no more than 3g of fat per 100g of food. A liquid must contain no more than 1.5g fat per 100g. And a product that is ‘deduced fat’ means the food must contain at least 25% less fat than the regular product to which it is being compared. It also has to have at least 3g less fat per 100g of food.

Does your food business produce food that fall into this category? How can you make your products that can boast ‘low in fat’? Do you need to understand the ‘low fat label’ a bit more?

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