How to Compare Product Labels and Nutrition Data
Look around the shelves of your supermarket or club store where precooked sausages are displayed. By federal law, a sausage product label can read "Low Fat" only if the sausage has less than 3 grams of fat per 2 ounces—so the chances are that Doc’s Amazing sausages will be the only ones you’ll find labeled "Low Fat". Even the labels on the chicken, turkey, and vegetarian sausages that you’ll see probably will not read "Low Fat", because it’s likely that they’ll have more than 3 grams of fat per 2 ounces.

Comparing the fat content of different sausage brands can be complicated by the fact that they may have different weights. To account for such differences and make comparison easier, use your smart phone to calculate the percentage of fat in each sausage. Simply divide the grams of fat in a sausage by the weight of that sausage in grams to get the percentage of fat.

For example, if Sausage A has 11 grams of fat per 85 grams, and Sausage B has 2 grams of fat per 58 grams, your calculations will show that Sausage A is 12.9% fat, and that Sausage B is 3.4% fat. To be called "Low Fat" a sausage has to have less than 3 grams of fat per 56.7 g, which is 5.3% fat. So Sausage A could not be called "Low Fat" but Sausage B could.

You will be amazed at how much less fat Doc’s Amazing chicken sausages have compared to competing precooked chicken products. By the way, you can use this same technique to compare the calories and sodium per gram of different sausages. Because low fat means fewer calories, you will also see that Doc’s Amazing chicken sausages are considerably lower in calories than competing chicken sausage brands.

Here is a table that compares the calories, fat, cholesterol and protein of our beef patties to ground beef with 15%, 20%, and 25% fat.

This table compares US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional values for ground beef with fat percentages ranging from 15-25%. All nutritional values have been normalized to the USDA’s 3-ounce (85 g) RACC (Reference Amount Customarily Consumed) for ground meat patties. What are the benefits to you of eating beef patties that have such dramatic reductions in fat and calories?

Check out the American Heart Association web site to learn more.