Truth Behind "Fat-Free" Labeled Foods
You'd think if
it says "Fat-Free" on the label, that would mean
the contents of the labeled container are . . . well . . .
free of fat. It makes sense, doesn't it? Actually,
in the wonderful world of food labels, very little makes sense.
If you want to learn to truly eat supportively, it's imperative
that you become a bit of a label reading detective.
Let's look at
a few products to illustrate how the deception can take place.
Fat-Free Non-Stick Cooking Spray
This is the one
I love to hold up at seminars. The lie is so blatant
its comical . . . or . . . in my opinion . . . criminal.
I hold up a can of Mazola Non-Stick cooking spray. It
says right on the can, "for calorie-free fat-free cooking."
I point out how the nutrition label says there are 0 calories
in a serving and of course 0 grams of fat. I then read
aloud the ingredients. The only significant ingredient
is liquid corn oil. I hold up a container of Mazola
Liquid Corn Oil. We see a very different nutrition label.
This one says 120 calories per serving, 120 calories from
fat! It's not only not Fat-Free, it's 100% Fat!
Here's how they get away with it . . .
The FDA labeling
law says that if there's less than 1/2 gram of fat in a serving,
a food can be labeled "Fat-Free." The catch
is, nobody regulates what the food companies refer to as a
serving size. If you look at the spray can, it refers
to a serving as .2 grams. That's 2/10 of a gram.
Is there less than 1/2 a gram of fat in .2 grams of fat?
Of course! There's less than 1/2 a gram of anything
in .2 grams. To show you how absurd that referenced
serving size is, .2 grams would equal 1/3 of one second of
spray! It's complete and total deception that allows
pure fat to be labeled "Fat-Free."
Fat-Free Butter Substitutes
There are many
butter substitutes claiming to be "better than butter."
As an example . . . I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!
It says "fat-free" all over it. You know what
to do. Go right to the ingredients. Hydrogenated
oil. That's fat. Pure fat. Better check
out the FDA regulated nutrition label. 5 calories per
serving. How many calories from fat? 5!
Another example of the reliability of our friends at the FDA
in delivering "truth in labeling." I Can't
Believe It's Not Butter . . . but it is FAT! As a matter
of fact, from a health standpoint, hydrogenated fats are more
harmful than the saturated fats butter would provide.
That doesn't make butter a good choice, but if you're trading
it for something that contains just as much fat but gets its
fat from a source that can cause cell damage . . . I'd have
to say butter's better.
products don't say "fat-free." They simply
claim to be mostly fat-free. Pick up some ground turkey
that blares out on the front of its packaging, 97% Fat-Free.
Turn the container over and compare the number of calories
per serving (145) to the number of calories from fat (70).
You don't have to be a mathematical wizard to determine that
nearly half of the calories in this 97% Fat-Free labeled food
come from fat!
Here's how they
get away with that little trick. If I were to eat a
stick of butter (which I won't do), I'd of course be getting
100% of my calories from fat. If I'd drink some water
with it, I'd still be getting 100% of my calories from fat,
since water doesn't have any caloric value. If, therefore,
I were to create a solution, 50% butter, 50% water, I'd have
a solution that gets 100% of its calories from fat.
If, however, I were going to be a creative food labeler, I
could put a label on this product that says "50% fat-free."
Since, judging by volume, most of what's in that turkey package
is water, they are misleading you by giving you a percentage
of the "volume" that is fat free rather than a percentage
of calories. Always ignore the big print on the front.
Look at the calories per serving and the calories from fat.
You can't be sure you'll find accuracy, but your more likely
to come closer to the truth than you will when reading the
"% Fat Free" announcement that helps to sell the
by the way, is used to sell 2% milk as 98% Fat Free.
Check out the calories per serving and the calories from fat.
You're in for an eye-opening surprise.
Fat-Free Cookies, Cakes, Pastries, and Ice-Cream
anyone? For years weight conscious Americans sought
out the words "Fat-Free" as buying signals for snack
foods that they believed were going to help them in their
quest for leanness. Many of those foods contained fat,
which shouldn't surprise you at this point, but even if the
fat was negligible, there was another ingredient that was
going to cripple their ability to shed fat. Sugar.
In most cases, snack foods contain sugar as their primary
ingredient. Find out how [ Sugar
] affects fat release and you'll probably pass on the next
box of Snackwell cookies you come across if fat loss is a
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