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What is the problem with fat-free foods?

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Sometimes "fat-free" is also taste-free. To make up for that, food makers tend to pour other ingredients -- especially sugar, flour, thickeners, and salt -- into the products. That can add calories.

Before eating a fat-free food, make sure the product isn't loaded with sugar or additives, and that it's actually lower in calories than the regular version. Also check the serving size.

SOURCES: 

Howard, B. , 2006. Journal of the American Medical Association

Hu, F. 1999. Journal of the American Medical Association,

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Facts and Fiction: The Skinny on Dietary Fat and Lower-Fat Foods," "Fats and Fat Replacers: Myths and Facts."

U.S. Food and Drug Association: "How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label."

National Institutes of Health: "Weight Loss and Nutrition: How Much Do You Really Know?"

Harvard School of Public Health: "Fats and Cholesterol -- The Good, The Bad, and The Healthy Diet."

Christine Gerbstadt, MD, MPH, RD, anesthesiologist, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; medical director, Mobile Medical Corp.; author, , Nutronics, 2012. Doctor’s Detox Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on November 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

Howard, B. , 2006. Journal of the American Medical Association

Hu, F. 1999. Journal of the American Medical Association,

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Facts and Fiction: The Skinny on Dietary Fat and Lower-Fat Foods," "Fats and Fat Replacers: Myths and Facts."

U.S. Food and Drug Association: "How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label."

National Institutes of Health: "Weight Loss and Nutrition: How Much Do You Really Know?"

Harvard School of Public Health: "Fats and Cholesterol -- The Good, The Bad, and The Healthy Diet."

Christine Gerbstadt, MD, MPH, RD, anesthesiologist, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; medical director, Mobile Medical Corp.; author, , Nutronics, 2012. Doctor’s Detox Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on November 26, 2018

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