Sunday, November 4, 2012

Low-Fat Labels Can Be Misleading

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You've seen those low-fat labels on many food packages. When you examine the box of cookies or the package of muffins with that label, please look closely. Check the calories and check the sugar content.
Processed food is usually made tasty by adding sugars and fats. If there's low or no fat, then the sugar is increased. Reducing dietary fat alone, without reducing calories, will not result in weight loss.
The Nutrition Facts panel on your food will tell you about the nutrients in your food. Look at the %DV line. If the Daily Value is 5% or less, you know it is low in that particular nutrient. If it is 20% or more, then it is considered high.
The FDA recommends using the %DV to compare foods and their claims. If one food claims to be low in fat, just check the nutrient claim for fat in a rival food to determine if the claim for low fat is really valid.

The Nutrition Facts panel on your food is important. You should check it before you purchase or eat a particular food.

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