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Are low fat foods a healthier choice?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqThe truth: A low fat or reduced fat item may have nearly as many calories as a high fat version because ingredients like sugar often replace the fat to make the product taste better. Plus, low fat foods can still contain unhealthy saturated or trans fats, both of which may increase your risk of heart disease.

Low fat labels (like those on cookies and fruit-flavored yogurts) cause people to underestimate calorie consumption, increase the amount we eat, and temper the guilt of polishing off a box of reduced-fat Oreos. Some people see the term ‘fat-free’ and use it as a green light to eat as much of it as they want, which leads to over consuming calories.