Monday, January 18, 2010

Food & Nutrition
Does "Fat Free" Mean "Calorie Free"?

When fat-free and reduced-fat snack foods like cookies and chips flooded the market a few years back, they were heralded as a major advance in the battle against obesity. Not to miss the bandwagon, makers of foods that never contained fats to begin with — like pretzels and gummy bears — proudly added the words "fat free" to their labels.

But soon people began to see that fat-free foods weren't the answer they had been hoping for. Instead, they found that even though they were eating less fat by choosing these foods, they were still eating far too many calories andgaining weight.

Read on to learn about the pitfalls of fat-free foods.

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