To be labeled "low-fat," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that the food product contains less than 3 grams of fat per serving. However, this does not mean that foods labeled low-fat are nutritious.

Snack foods that contain very few nutrients and are high in sodium (e.g., pretzels, candy) may be labeled low-fat. In addition, low-fat foods are not necessarily low-calorie foods.

Check the list of ingredients and the Nutrition Facts label on the product for important information about serving size, calories per serving, sodium, and sugar. Talk with a qualified health care provider, licensed dietitian, or nutritionist to learn more about food labels.

If you’re looking for healthier snack foods, the panel of dietitians and taste tasters from Remedy's Healthy Living, our sister publication, have some great suggestions. Each item to make the cut meets healthy criteria:

  • 200 calories or less
  • 6 grams of fat or less
  • 1 gram of fiber or more
  • no more than 19 grams of sugar

Here’s a list of the winning snack foods:

  • Larabar Mini Multipack Sunsweet D’Noir Prunes
  • Sargento Light String Cheese Fridge Pack
  • Food Should Taste Good Toasted Sesame
  • Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods All Natural Edamame Hommus
  • Planters Nutrition Heart Healthy Mix Multi-Pack
  • Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

    Published: 14 Feb 2007

    Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015