Why should I avoid reduced-fat foods if I'm trying to lose weight?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fat is one of the things that makes food taste good. When fat is removed from foods, a lot of the flavor is removed as well. To make up for this, extras -- like sugars, chemicals and thickeners -- are often added to enhance the flavor and texture of these foods. These additives can be far worse for you and sometimes just as fattening as full-fat food. Additionally, “low-fat” and “fat-free” doesn’t mean low-calorie. Think about all the additives -- they’ve got to turn up somewhere, right? When looking at nutrition labels, keep your eyes peeled for the sources of these calories and think twice about bringing reduced-fat foods into your home. Opt for fresh or whole foods -- or buy the full-fat food instead, but consume in moderation.
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