what does the word trace mean on food packets with nutrition information ?

can't take too much sugar so check nutrition information on on food packets,mostly after carbohydrates

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It means no amount of eg sugar could be found that is measurable.

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  • Kathy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Fat is usually measured to the nearest half gram. If it's less than half a gram, they call it 'trace' Whether or not you count it (either rounding up to .5g or choosing not to count it) by the end of they day the difference shouldn't be more than a gram. (Assuming you don't consume a lot of products with a 'trace') the caloric differnce won't be more than 9 Calories, again assuming you consume a gram or less of fat between all of the 'traces' In Europe, they measure the nutritional values to the tenth place quite often, and Calories aren't rounded (in America, Calories are usually rounded to the nearest 5 or 10)-so something packaged in Europe may say it has 68 Calories (except they use kcal) whereas the same product in the USA will say it has 70 Calories. So there's not much point to counting to the exact Calorie or portion of a fat gram since our labels aren't that exact. Try just counting to the nearest fat gram and rounding your Calories Also, if nutritional values look off, they probably are. I can't tell you how many mistakes I've found on labels!

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its a way food companies cover there ar^ses. As food production lines may be contaminated with other materials. This also alerts people with Allergies to be aware that certain meals may come in contact with other ingredients in small amounts.

  • 3 years ago


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  • 1 decade ago

    In this instance, whatever the packet said it has traces of, eg. nuts, it would mean there might be slivers of nuts in it....but not enough to put into record/measure.

  • 1 decade ago

    It means there is hardly any of that food group in the food, trace salt = hardly any salt. Not enough to be registered - not as much as 0.1g

    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Trace means there are traces of that ingredient in there but not enough to actually record

  • 1 decade ago

    Extremely small amounts. Can not be measured.

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