Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Myth: “95% fat free” means only 5% of the calories come from fat.

Answer: BUSTED!

If a product is advertised as 5% fat, that means 5% of the total weight of the product is from fat. The actual number of calories from fat can be much higher.

For example, you have a luncheon meat package that says “95% fat free.” The Nutrition Facts Label tells you that each slice of meat has 45 calories and 2 grams of fat. Since each gram of fat has 9 calories per gram, multiply (2 x 9 = 18), so 18 of the 45 calories are from fat. That’s 40%!

Nutrition Facts label
Nutrition Facts label gives you all the info you need!
This nutrition information is on packaged foods and is now found on major cuts of raw meat and poultry products. Bottom line: skip the advertisement on the package and read the Nutrition Facts Label to really determine the fat content of a product.

Visit to find more information on fats and health.

Contributor: Karen Sherbondy, MEd, RD, LD, Extension Associate, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri Extension, 816-655-6227

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