Low Fat, Sugar Free, Light Products
Fat gets a bad rap and sugar substitutes get way more credit then they deserve. Fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does. Keep in mind that a heart-healthy diet needs monounsaturated fats called “good fats.” You also should know in order for low fat, sugar free, or light products to be tasty, there’s a trade-off. Added sodium will be swapped for lower fat content and sugar-free products will almost always contain some form of sweetener.
Discovery Tip: When you see a processed product labeled “Reduced Fat,” “Sugar Free,” or “Light” - beware! With a little practice you’ll be able to spot the culprit that makes the product taste good with less fat or sugar. Chemically produced and processed sugar substitutes are disguised under a wide range of names, so get familiar with the terms: Agave, Aspartame, Stevia, and fruit juice concentrates are just a few. You’re better off with right-sized portions of the original than trying to game your system with a substitute.