Low-fat and low-sugar foods sound healthy and appealing. Most of us seek out foods like this and load up our carts without checking the ingredient list. Unfortunately, most of these foods are less than healthy choices for 2 reasons:
- Highly Processed. These foods tend to be highly processed, and filled with chemicals and additives to make them takes better, or to lower the cost.
- High Sugar/High Fat. Yes, you read that correctly. Low-sugar foods tend to have fats added to them so they taste better, and low-fat foods tend to have sugars added to them for the same reason.
Before you buy one of these foods, check the label. Odds are that you’re better off buying the regular version of the food. It will generally be only “lightly” processed and have fewer ingredients.
For example, regular sour cream contains the following ingredients:
Cultured pasteurized Grade A milk and cream, enzymes.
“Fat-fat” sour cream contains:
Cultured pasteurized Grade A non-fat milk, dried corn syrup (a sweetener), food starch – modified cream, contains less than 2% of maltodextrin, artificial color, xanthan gum, natural flavor, vitamin A palmitate.