Food is also a business. So, why is this subject mentioned in here? That’s because even if there are honest companies which are committed to consumer’s health and well-being, the market is still packed with companies which are more focused on selling you with their products. It only means that these companies will do whatever it takes just to catch your attention and persuade you that their products are smart choices.
The Truth about Food Labels – Low-Fat and Fat-Free
As a consumer, you want to buy products that are healthy. Hence, it has become a habit for most consumers to check an item’s label before deciding whether it should be on their cart or not. However, the practices in the market have drastically changed. The practice of using labels such as reduced fat to help consumers identify healthy choices from those that are not are now only being taken advantage into to let people believe that a product is a healthy option.
Reduced fat, low sodium, low-fat and fat-free are just among the many labels that food markers use to let the consumers believe that their products are healthy choices. But checking on these products and its labels, what does such claims truly mean?
Low-Fat and Fat Free Claims
Back then, there was no such thing as low fat or fat free. But as centuries pass, such terms were created, and now consumers are recommended to consume food items with such label. There is a reason why food makers are encouraging consumers to consume these products. The thing is, is the reason truly in favor for the consumers or to them?
If it can be answered, how may lab or tests did these products underwent before they are labeled fat-free or low-fat? Are the ingredients still in their purest form? These are just among the questions has that consumers has regarding this concern.
What it Means to be Labeled with Fat-Free and Low Fat
A product can only be labeled as fat-free if it contains less than five grams of fat/serving. For products to be labeled with low-fat, it must only have three grams or even less fat/serving. But even if these products are labeled with these, it still does not mean that they are low calorie or healthy. In fact, many food items labeled with low-fat are still containing high amount of sugar and may also have high amount of calories. Those fat-free foods are also typically taste-free. But the drastic part is that food makers are also adding sugar, salt, thickeners and flour to these products, which adds the caloric content.
There are free-foods as well that are loaded with chemicals that can be bad for consumers’ health. Fillers and chemicals are typically added to make up for the lack of nutrients, taste, palatability and texture. Consider fat-free cookies. Some of these cookies contain more sweeteners, like sugar, compared to cookies containing one or two grams of fat. The most important truth you must know about these product is they do not really help in losing weight. Instead of losing weight, the effects you will achieve later on is gain more weight.
All these only lead to one thing. If you truly want to benefit from weight loss effects these products are claimed to deliver, you must start consuming real healthy products and foods that are in its purest form.
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