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Fat Free Cookies vs. Regular Cookies

Do foods with “fat-free” labels catch your eye? While snacks, like cookies, can contain less fat, carbohydrates or sugars are usually added to replace the removed fat. In this video, Susan Bowerman examines the nutritional labels of regular fig bars and fat free ones–the information may surprise you:

Two regular fig bars (31grams each):

110 calories
2g fat
22g Carbs
12g sugar

Two fat-free fig bars (31grams each):

110 calories
0 g fat
23 g Carbs
14g sugar

Next time you’re shopping for groceries, check out the nutritional facts of the fat free goodies. It’s always great to be informed of the nutrients and calories you’re consuming. Don’t be misled by food labels that sound healthy. Learn how to read food labels and expose health halos: http://hrbl.me/1DklE4a

There are a number of food labels that will confuse even the most educated healthy food shoppers. Certain foods have a healthy image or “health halo” because they’re labeled as fat-free, whole grain, gluten-free, low-fat or no sugar added but while the labels may sound good, they may be distracting you from the whole story.

Understand which food labels may not be as clear or helpful as you’d hope and steer away from unhealthy food that sounds too good to be true. Here are a few ways you can check food labels and expose health halos:

  • If you pick up a food and it says no sugar added, check to see if the food is high in fat.
  • If you pick up a food that says low-fat or fat-free, it could have a lot of sugar.
  • If you see a food that says made with whole grain, it may actually have very little.

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