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  • Angie Tan // Oct 17, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    I had my suspicions about low-fat labels when I first tried out a particular brand of low-fat milk. When I took the same brand’s standard milk, I noticed that the low-fat version was way sweeter. That got me to looking at labels to see which ingredients were inside. I found sugar.

    In some non-fat foods, you might find substitutes for sugar – aspartame, which is quite alarming. That got me thinking that this was all nonsense.

    Anyway, best to take fresh food and less processed foods even if it has that low-fat label on it…

  • eksk // Oct 17, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Fat is not the problem here.. its carbs people….

  • Jessie // Oct 17, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    True to what Angie said, take more fresh food and fruits, and less processed foods. I’ve learned label reading a long time ago and know that many times, when food items says FAT FREE, the fat is replaced by something else. For instance, the box of ice cream you buy may have claimed FAT FREE but the taste is replaced with tons of sugar. Or it may say SUGAR FREE, but it has tons of cream and processed oils (eg. hydrogenated oil).

  • Tom Parker // Oct 21, 2008 at 5:43 AM

    Fantastic post Mun. ‘Low fat’ products are such a con. In most cases they’re still highly processed and full of unnatural ingredients which don’t do our bodies any good.

    My opinion is that if you are going to indulge then don’t go for the ‘low fat’ products. Go for the ones that you enjoy but just enjoy them in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

    I don’t think that cookies or cakes are ever going to be healthy – whether they are ‘sugar free’ or ‘fat free’.

  • Coach_Sally // Oct 22, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    I’ve been taking care of my diabetic mother & after having to read ALL labels of everything she eats, I agree! The non-fat, low-fat items had more of the stuff you really shouldn’t have.

    The doctors and nurses kept telling her she can eat those and be safe. If they took the time to read the labels they would know that is far from true. Maybe they should observe a person for 24/7 instead of 10 minutes out of their 9 to 5. You would be surprised how they would trigger her sugar spikes. Good blog – get this word out!!!

    Watch those carbs – I got mom turned around now.

  • Ria // Oct 29, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    This is a great post!

    I’ll share something about my husband. Slightly off-tangent, but I think what you’ve said applies here:

    My husband is allergic to the low-calorie version of the Philippines’ most popular beer, San Miguel (San Mig Light). Yet he has no allergic reactions to the “normal” version of it. People have been commenting that this is weird because they thought the low-calorie version should have less ingredients than the normal version. After reading your post I realized this is not so.

  • Tami // Nov 25, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Did you know that there are more restrictions on dog food than there is on human food? Apparently our bodies can eat anything… So when they take away fat they can add whatever they want to replace it. Is this going to be good for our bodies? Are the companies who produce ‘fat free’ labels really wanting to look after our health? answer – doubtful

    As me ma always said
    If an ingredient has more than 4 syllables in 1 word, Or if you can’t pronounce it. it’s probably not meant to be in our bodies. (^_^o )

  • carrie // Dec 11, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    thanks for the tip i have always had suspicions with those foods. my dauter did her science fair project on low-fat foods and this internet article was one of her sorces. i learned a lot and so did she. thanks for posting this

  • Sheryl T // Jan 21, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    I was very interested in your study and found my answer plus I know how to shop better,thank-you…

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