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Are foods labeled fat free good dietary choices?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the most dangerous food labels to come along in recent decades is the insidious fat free moniker. These two little words granted absolution to anyone who indulged and gave the illusion that portion size and sugar content didn’t matter. Manufacturers looking to cash in on fat-phobic consumers became very good at stripping natural fats from products; but what was lost in taste and texture had to be compensated for by adding more sodium, sugar and thickeners.

As people ate more and more fat-free goodies, they got extra-high doses of other ingredients that were bad for them. And without the filling effect of fat in food, you are left hungry and tend to eat more.

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