Look For These Nutrition Guide Signs
The Nutrition Guide identifies six attributes supported by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) nutrient health standards. These attributes include Low Fat,
Low Sodium, High Fiber, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Low Calorie. If a food meets one or more of these guidelines a checkmark will appear on the shelf tag to help guide you in your food selections.
- Designates a food containing 3g of fat or less per serving.
- A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers.
Note: Development of cancer depends on many factors. Diets low in saturated fat (<.5 g per serving) and cholesterol (<2 mg per serving) may reduce the risk of heart disease, a disease associated with many factors. Check nutrition labels for saturated fat and cholesterol levels.
- Designates a food containing 140mg or less of sodium per serving.
- Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors.
- Designates a food containing greater than or equal to 5g of fiber per serving and must meet the definition for low fat, or the level of total fat must appear next to the high fiber claim on the package.
- Diets rich in whole grain foods (>51% per serving) and other plant foods and low in total fat (≤ 3g per serving), saturated fat (<.5g per serving), and cholesterol (<2mg per serving) may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Check nutrition labels for whole grain content, saturated fat and cholesterol levels.
- Designates a food containing no wheat, barley, rye or oats.
- Only foods that read "Gluten Free" on the package will get a Gluten Free check mark on our shelf label.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten free. (*Make sure to wash ALL fresh fruits and vegetables THOROUGHLY to rid of any excess wax or resin.) IF YOU HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES, PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL FOOD LABELING PRIOR TO EATING.
- Designates a food containing less than .5 g of sugar per serving. (Sugar free doesn’t necessarily mean carbohydrate free, calorie free or fat free.)
- Be sure to look for the Low Fat and Low Calorie attributes as well.
- Note: Sugar free foods may also contain sugar alcohols, which may still have an impact on your blood sugar and calorie levels. Phenylketonurics be sure to check the label for phenylalanine warnings.
- Designates a food containing 40 calories or less per serving.
- If you are watching your calories, it may be useful to visit Super Tracker to assess your daily food caloric intake.
All nutrition Guide signs are based on the food manufacturer’s labeling, including the Nutrition Facts Panel and ingredient listing, for each product. The signs are based on the manufacturer’s smallest stated serving size as packaged.
Spartan Stores provides the information in this brochure for educational purposes only and is not in any way providing medical advice. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have medical questions or need additional information about your family’s nutritional health. Spartan Stores is not responsible for failing to identify any allergen, nutrient or other ingredient through its Nutrition Guide program. Customers are solely responsible for reviewing the manufacturer’s labels and assume the risk of consuming the products purchased.