Claim: ‘Low fat’
Translation: These foods must contain less than 3 grams of fat per 100g serve. But beware just because a food is ‘low fat’ doesn’t mean it is low kilojoule. For example having twice as much ice cream for dessert because it is ‘low fat’ will mean that you’ve eaten more kilojoules than you would have if you’d had a small serve of ordinary ice-cream!if a food claims to be 90% fat free, that food is actually 10% fat.
Claim: ‘Reduced fat’
Translation: These foods contain 25% less fat than the regular product but they may still be high in fat. e.g. reduced fat margarine or cheese.
Claim: ‘Fat free’
Translation: These are often displayed on products that you would not expect to find fat in the first place, such as lollies. In these cases the fat free tag is being used as a way of disguising high amounts of other undesirable ingredients, such as sugar.