Trans-Fat in Diet Food

More proof that “diet food” is pretty much just over-glorified junk. Apparently some Weight Watchers foods in Australia contain hydrogenated oils. Diet-Blog is on it:
Weight Watchers Australia has come under criticism for using hydrogenated vegetable oils in its branded dessert foods. Please note that this applies to mousse and custard products only in Australia and New Zealand.


This issue of "diet" food is an interesting one. The Weight Watchers plan (which is arguably one of the most respected weight loss programs) does not require any "special" foods.

So why the need for branded foods?

Weight Watchers relies on the "Points" system - whereby certain nutritional components of a food are aggregated into a single value: the number of points. Ready-made branded foods have the points value listed on the box - so presumably this makes shopping slightly easier.
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