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Fat Free Foods & Risks

Fitness and Aging

The term ‘fat-free’ is one of the more common forms of labelling that should raise a warning flag. If you’re new to losing weight it’s an easy mistake. ‘Fat-free’ yogurt may be relatively free of fat but when the fat is taken out the yogurt doesn’t taste so good. Manufacturers compensate by adding more sugar as well as thickening agents neither of which are good for your health or your diet plan. Fat free ice cream is much the same with added sugar in the form of corn syrup that is high in fructose – one of the main causes of obesity. 

‘Fat-free’ potato chips are another misnomer. In fact they often contain chemically altered fat replacers which have fewer calories but contain Olestra which is less digestible but does add flavour and texture. Fat replacers can result in digestive problems and vitamin deficiencies. If you must have chips try making your own from sliced and baked sweet potatoes.

Diet soda should raise another red flag. While it may be relatively calorie free it is full of chemicals that can result in bloating, headaches and possibly increase your risk of heart disease as well as leaving you with an increased craving for sweet foods.


If you like chocolate be aware of supposedly ‘sugar-free’ chocolate which nevertheless still contains calories and fat as well as sugar alcohols which can cause serious digestive problems. Instead try the real thing – dark unsweetened and organic.

So called ‘fruit drinks’ are notoriously high in calories and even though the label may say ‘made with real fruit’ the fruit is usually minimal and the rest is basically sugar water spiced up with high-fructose corn syrup with chemical additives for flavour.

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