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Lite or light

To say that a product is 'lite' or 'light' manufacturers must explain on the label exactly what their claim means. To use this claim, the product must be at least 30% lower in at least one typical value (listed on the label on the back of the pack), such as calories or fat, than standard products. The label must explain exactly what has been reduced and by how much, for example 'light – 30% less fat'.

Here's a tip. To get the whole picture about a product and find out exactly what the difference is between it and other similar foods, you will need to take a close look at the nutrition panel. The easiest way to compare products is to look at the information per 100g.

You may be surprised at how little difference there is between foods that carry claims and those that don't - a 'light' or 'lite' version of one brand of crisps may contain the same amount of fat or calories as the standard version of another brand.

Those tempting biscuits and chocolate bars that claim to be light on fat can have more calories than you think so always check the label.