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Low-Fat Food, Not Always Healthy!

The low-fat food craze is almost as perverse as the low-carb craze. Most low-fat foods are hardly the healthy alternatives they are marketed to be. Jacki Donaldson of That’s Fit explores the issue in, “Low-fat foods are not free foods.” Here’s a bit:
Visions of low-fat Wheat Thins are swimming through my head right now -- I've been known to demolish a whole box of these treats.

I remember during my sweet-tooth days enjoying an occasional package of fat-free Twizzlers. Fat-free. Smart choice, right? Nope.

No matter how low-fat the food, calories still matter most. Eating low-calorie foods such as veggies means you can eat larger amounts. But starchy foods, like rice, bread, and yes, Wheat Thins, are higher in calories. Which makes them bad for weight loss and management.
Jacki’s right. These low-fat foods are bupkis! Just take a look at the nutrition facts for Low-Fat Wheat Thins and Strawberry Twizzlers:

What the heck? Salt, flour, high-fructose corn syrup, and ALL the sugar that goes into Twizzlers. Now, if you’re looking for REAL low-fat health foods—one word—vegetables! For example, my “low-fat” lunch yesterday was an entire bag of baby spinach—NICE!
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Llouise - April 24, 2008 9:53 AM

I had more fat on me when I was fat-free too. I was on the starch-based diet.

Gerry Pugliese - April 24, 2008 11:22 AM

Hey Llouise-

Yup, me too. I used to avoid things like bacon and cheese, but, I ate plenty of white rice and faux-wheat bread--EEP!


Jayson - April 24, 2008 1:11 PM

Just goes to show that natures candy is the best candy ! Grapes are natures MnMs you can mix a colorful bowl of red/green/black grapes.

Im with you Gerry I eat spinach from the bag just like I used to eat potato chips.


ReBecca - April 24, 2008 9:52 PM

I tell you what drives me crazy, those "100 Calorie" "healthy" snack packs advertised everywhere and for practically every SAD snack food out there!!! People get so fooled by the marketing!! My "100 calorie" snack pack with my lunch is an 8 oz bag of sugar snaps!!! It's exactly 100 calories, not that nutritarians count calories, as WE all know better:)! crunchy, fat free, AND simply delicious! Definately natures natural "chip":)!...add a ETL hummus(traditional hummus, eggplant hummus ,etc), yeah ditch that SAD dip,and you got a party waiting to happen:)!

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