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Reading Labels

Reading Labels

Reading Labels: Low Fat, Non Fat, or Fat Free. If something says it’s “low fat,” you first have to ask yourself, Compared to what? Let’s say a candy bar has eighteen grams of fat, and of that, eleven grams are saturated fat. If that candy company figures out a way to cut down the fat to thirteen grams, including eleven grams of saturated fat, that company can now call this candy bar “reduced fat” since it has almost 30 percent less fat than the regular version. But guess what? That’s still a ridiculous amount of fat for a snack! Where it gets even uglier is when you find out what happened to make those extra five grams of fat disappear. The fat wasn’t just cut out, with everything else in place. Nope. Fat is in there because it makes things taste good—or at least, that’s what we’re used to as good. In place of the fat, other chemicals are added to give the product more flavor—and you won’t know that unless you pay attention to the ingredients list.