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The Real Truth Behind Fat Free Foods

Sep 2, 2008
It's on everyone's minds, the obesity problem that society faces. With a problem that reaches everyone, it's almost relieving to know that there are numerous options out there for those of us who are overweight. But even with so many options, how do you tell which one works and which ones are dangerous to your health? Well, for starters, you don't need a food company to provide you with healthy food to eat!

Fat-free and low-fat foods are probably some of the worst foods for you. Sure, the companies' marketing departments make them sound like the perfect no-hassle meals but really, these foods are not actually fat-free or all that low in fat. Shocking, I know but it's true. What's even more shocking, these fat-free and low-fat foods usually, and almost always, contain chemicals, preservatives and higher amounts of sugar than those very same originally full fat foods. But let me break down each of these useless foods:

Fat-Free Foods:
The first thing you must realize is that nothing is fat free. The term fat free is a marketing scheme created by the food industry. How so? Think about this: in America, the FDA allows products to be labeled a certain way depending on ratios. For example, if a company wanted to sell something labeled as fat-free, all they need to do is increase the amount of non-fat ingredients so it makes it seem like there is nearly no fat at all. That may sound great, which is their goal, but keep in mind that fat is fat, regardless of ratio. It just will definitely not help you lose weight!

Low-Fat Foods:
This is almost as bad as fat free foods. It doesn't matter if the label says 2% fat or 98% fat free or whatever. Again, with the ratio of ingredients in a product, a company can claim many things. For example, with cookies, if the ratio was roughly equal between fat and, say, sugar, the company can drastically increase the sugar so that there is something like 4 or 5 times more sugar than fat. And guess what! They can, and do, call it low fat! It's not low fat! And, with that much sugar, that's not a good thing either.

Calorie-Free Foods:
There is a little loophole in the FDA rules that allows companies to label something as calorie free if the serving size has 5 calories or less. That might make sense but keep in mind that the companies are the ones that define the serving size. You will find, if you pay attention, that rarely any product is a single serving. Rarely, if ever. Usually, they will have at least 2 or more servings in the package, jello cups included!

Sugar-Free Foods:
This one ties in with the calorie free one because a similar loophole allows companies to label things as sugar free, when they're not. A product can have anywhere from 0.5 grams of sugar or less in the serving and the company can call it sugar free, but clearly it has plenty of sugar in it. And if you think sugar is not as bad as calories or fat, you are totally wrong! Sugar is just as big of a culprit in America's battle with obesity! Just look at the connection between diabetes and obesity!

Just be careful and cautious when looking at anything labeled "free" or "low" because there is no such thing as that! It's best to avoid these foods all together if you really want to lose weight. The most healthy foods you can eat are those you prepare yourself. The methods of preparation are important - avoid fried, battered or anything like that. Pick foods that are fresh, preferably organic and you should be in good shape! With healthy foods made by you, your path to weight loss will be easier and a lot less frustrating!
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