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What does “0” mean in nutrition label?

Are you look at the nutrition label when you are buying pre-packaged food items? You may sometimes see “0” in its nutrition content chart, but does it really means there are no such nutrients in it?

According to the Center for Food Safety, there are some rules for labelling of selected nutrients. The definition of “0” may not mean zero at all, as you can see the definition of “0” to the specific nutrients below.

 

Definition of “0” (per 100g/mL) 
Protein ≤0.5g
Carbohydrates ≤0.5g
Total fat ≤0.5g
Trans fat ≤0.3g
Sugar ≤0.5g
Cholesterol ≤5mg

 

Apparently the nutrition labels may indicate “0” to some nutrients, it does not mean that they don’t exist. It is good to keep a habit to look at the nutrition labels before buying pre-packaged food products.

 

Information by: Registered Dietitian from Hong Kong Adventist Hospital