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    Fat Free?

    I am not a statistics man but on my way around the supermarket at the weekend I noticed that a lot of packages say "98% Fat free". Does this mean there is 2% fat in the product?

    So my question is:

    Does 98% Fat Free= Contains 2% Fat


    Jerry
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    Re: Fat Free?

    The official US definition (from the FDA) is that "x % fat free" means that at most (100-x) % of the product (by weight) is fat, so "98% fat free" means that 100 g of the product contains at most 2 g fat.

    See What is the definition of "Percent fat free" when used on a food label?

    I don't know if there is an official UK definition, but it will probably be similar.

    PS Wouldn't this thread be more appropriate in the Cooking forum, or in Scuttlebutt?

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    Re: Fat Free?

    Hi Hans

    Yes , I agree maybe it should be moved... I think the cooking forum maybe a better location, sorry
    Jerry

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    Definitely Not

    Over the weekend I checked out one of our local independent markets, The MilkPail Market. In their dairy case they had a product called "manufacturing cream." According to their web site, it's 42% fat, ideal for making homemade butter.

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