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Low-Fat Won’t Help You Shed Fat

Low-Fat Won’t Help You Shed Fat

If your food is marketed as low-fat, low-sugar or low-sodium to help improve your nutrition or lose weight, you might want to reconsider your grocery shopping list.

A study looked at more than 80 million food and beverages purchased among 40,000 U.S. households over five years and found “in many cases, foods containing low-sugar, low-fat or low-salt claims had a worse nutritional profile than those without claims.” For example, low-fat chocolate milk has more sugar than plain milk and more fat and sugar than many other beverages. Even more confusing, a brownie can be labeled low-fat if it has three grams of fat per 40 gram serving, but low-fat cheesecake has three grams of fat per 125 gram serving. The brownie has a relatively higher fat content!

The lesson here: You have to read the nutrition labels, not just packaging claims. And remember, if a company has to make a low-content version in the first place, chances are the original wasn’t healthy and the new one isn’t much better.

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