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Fat Free - What Is In A Label?

Fat Free - What Is In A Label?

Once you have reached your goal weight and completed your Refeeding Program, you should be aware of what to look out for when reading the labels on products. Product labeling these days can be misleading to the consumer. Have you ever picked one item over another because of the health claims on the label? Terms like ‘fat free’ ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ are often put on a food item that may not be healthy at all.

‘Fat free’ is a notoriously misleading label. When the dangers of saturated and trans fat became clear, the market was flooded with products that flaunted their ‘fat free’ status. Sure, these products contain little or no fat, however, it fails to mention that these ‘fat free’ products are usually full of extra carbohydrates (sugars) and we all know that over consumption of these can lead to weight gain. The two ingredients in foods that most of us enjoy are either fats or carbohydrates. What happens when fat is taken out of a product? The manufacturer adds sugar (or sugar substitutes) to make the product more palatable.

Next time you go to the supermarket pick up a few different brands of ‘low fat or no fat’ yoghurt or milk and compare the ‘total’ carbohydrate content per 100ml and then look at the fat content. The better choice is the product with the least amount of carbohydrate than fat content. As a general guide, products containing around 5 to 8 grams per 100ml of total carbohydrate are the better products to choose.

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