Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Low Fat Lies

Many products on our supermarket shelves claim to be low fat, but how do you determine if a food item is in fact low fat?

Well firstly for a food to be considered to be low fat it must have less than 2% of it weight in fat. Now that's not much in percentage terms but I have seen products containing 8% even 15% of fat lay claims to being 'Low Fat'.

What the product may be claiming is that it is lower in fat than its competitors, but this is deceptive!

Typically low fat is 2% fat or less, moderate fat is between 2-4% and high fat is greater than 8%.

Although of course there are many types of fat, there' saturated fat, trans fats, polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats.

As a general rule you really want to reduce your saturated and trans fat intake as much as possible as these two fats are considered the 'bad fats'.

Polyunsaturated fat is a good fat but its the monounsaturated fat which is the best type of fat to eat.

If you look at the products Nutritional information Profile on the packaging it pays to check the proportions of these four fat types in the product.

If the product contains higher amounts of saturated and trans fats as opposed to polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, then it would pay to look for an alternative.

But if the amounts of saturated and trans fats in the product are tiny in relation to the other fats as well as all the other ingredients of the product, then chances are you are onto a winner!

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