Feature Article - September 2005
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Eater's Digest

Concessions and food service for increasingly health-conscious consumers

By Kara Spak


Good cholesterol or bad cholesterol? Low-fat or fat-free? How high do you need to climb to scale the top of the food pyramid?

Despite an onslaught of information on healthy eating, understanding nutrition isn't getting any easier. Here's a quick guide to help you understand how to correctly market those healthy concessions—and eat healthy yourself.

CALORIE-FREE—Fewer than 5 calories in each serving

SUGAR-FREE—Fewer than 0.5 grams of fat in each serving

FAT-FREE—Fewer than 0.5 grams of total fat per serving

LOW-FAT—Foods containing 3 grams of total fat or less per serving

LOW-SODIUM—Foods containing less than 140 mg of sodium per serving

LOW-CHOLESTEROL—Foods containing less than 20 mg of cholesterol in each serving

LOW-CALORIE—Food items with 40 calories or less in each serving

VEGETARIAN—A person whose diet does not include meat, fowl or fish or products from those items (like chicken stock)

VEGAN—Someone who does not eat any animal or dairy products, including eggs

SEMI-VEGETARIAN—Occasional meat eaters who predominately practice a vegetarian diet

Sources: American Dietetic Association, www.nutribase.com,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition