What does it mean when a food label reads “fat free” or “lite”? It means it’s good for you, right? But REALLY, how much healthier are these foods compared to the original? Most of us have come to the conclusion that we should eat healthier, but get fooled by misleading food labels. Just because the Oreo package says “sugar free”, that doesn’t mean you should eat the whole pack! Let’s look at what these food labels REALLY mean.

 

Fat Free

Fat is good for you, isn’t it? So, if a food label says “fat free”, it’s the better choice, right? Definitely not! Food manufacturers will intentionally mislead you sometimes. They play on your fear of the dangers of fats. Most of the time, something labeled “fat free” will actually have the same calorie content, and maybe more! These products are often loaded with sugar and sodium to help this “fat free” product actually taste good.

 

Lite

Lite can mean a reduction in calories, fat, or sodium, but not all three! A lot of times, if the calories or fat are reduced, there’s added sodium, and vice versa.

 

No Salt Added

No salt added means what it says. The food manufacturer may not ADD salt to the food product, but that doesn’t mean it has low sodium, sugar, fat, or calories. Always read the label!

 

Sugar Free

Sugar free is like the opposite of fat free. What’s missing from the sugar content is usually made up in fat, and therefore doesn’t mean low calories. Also, these “sugar free” products will often contain sugar alcohol, which has fewer calories, but is also known to cause diarrhea. Consume at your own risk!

We know that it can be difficult out there to navigate the grocery store. Don’t let clever marketing fool you. Stay away from these labels. Try to stay on the perimeter of your grocery store. This is generally where the produce, the nutrient dense and the less processed foods will be found.

Stay strong. Stay fit. YOU’RE WORTH IT!

-Courtesy of Your Ufit Team

-At Ufit we aim to educate and empower. Nutrition is the foundation to your health and fitness. We want you to eat right and move right so you live well for as long as possible.