Low-fat food is making you fat!

8 Jul

What do you think has more sugar per 100g?  Coke or low-fat yoghurt?  Many of you would pick the coke without a second thought…

But surprisingly enough, it’s actually the low-fat yoghurt that contains the most sugar per 100g.  Shocked?  I bet you are!  Here’s another shocking fact – low-fat food is making us fat!  Holy moly!  I sure hope you are sitting down because that one is a DOOZY.

Just because something is low in fat does not make it low in sugar.  The nifty people who manufacture these products add more sugar to compensate for the lack of fat.  Sneaky little buggers aren’t they?

So before reaching for that low-fat yoghurt check the label.  For weight loss limit your intake of added sugars to no more than 2og per day.  Some yoghurts contain this much added sugar in one serve! Added sugars can be found in soft drinks, candy, jams, jellies, soups and pasta sauces. If you have a sweet tooth try satiating the craving with fruit and aim for at least 2 serves a day.

5 Responses to “Low-fat food is making you fat!”

  1. Chanel July 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Some of those ‘lite’ yoghurts have 30g sugar in a 200g tub! Does it say on the label if the sugars are added or naturally occuring? Does that make a difference?

    Jalna low-fat strawberry has 22g sugar in a 200g tub. Then you’ve got the low-fat, low-sugar yoghurts, but they’ve got artificial sweeteners.

    What are your recommendations / favourites?

  2. Amanda July 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I usually have a half serve of jalna with diced apple as a snack.

    I choose Jalna because of it’s site claims:

    “All Jalna Yoghourt are naturally ‘pot set’, so contain no added gelatine, starches or food acids, no cane sugar, artificial sweeteners or colours and no preservatives, unlike many mass-produced yoghourts, plus they are low GI and gluten free.”

    When looking for low sugar foods try to look for labels that say “no added sugar”.

  3. Chanel July 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Mmm I love Jalna – with fresh strawberries! Good tip on the half serve – will make it last longer too 😉

    • Amanda July 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

      I find that 200g is just too much! 100g is plenty. 😉

  4. Amanda July 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    And yes, natural sugars occurring in fruit and dairy are very different to added sugars. Aim for no more than 4 serves of fruit and no more than 3 serves of dairy a day.

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