Many of us go grocery shopping in search for foods that we think will better our health. We are here to help you by sharing a common misconception about a popular health food category.
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Unfortunately, someone has been pulling the wool over our eyes for a while now. One of the food types most commonly searched for are the ones labeled “Fat Free”. Did you know in many cases these “fat free” foods still contain a certain amount of fat? You’re probably thinking, “Surely that can’t be right! That would mean the labels are lying and they can’t do that!” I truly hate to break it to you, but it is actually perfectly legal for these labels to deceive you.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) allows for edibles with up to as much as .5 grams of Trans Fats to be labeled as “fat free” foods! Stay a step ahead of your fellow health food hunters by keeping an eye out for a couple of key words that are hidden in the ingredients list – which you may normally be overlooking. Words such as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oils” are used to sneak fat onto nutrition labels. Most food producers know that the average grocery shopper is uninformed to what these words mean or don’t have the time to find out about them. Here is a little not so known fact I would like to share with you: Hydrogenated oils are fats that were once liquid fat that now have had oxygen pumped into them so that they can be put into a solid form. Mmm! Sounds yummy, right?
I learned something that was really interesting when I was studying nutrition a few years back. It was a line I read in a book that really stuck with me because it said, “If you come across something that reads “Fat Free”, it means it is more than likely Chemical Full.” Pretty disgusting sounding, isn’t it? How come that is the case? What does “chemical full” even mean? It’s actually pretty simple to understand. If something is fat free, that would mean that fat has to be drawn out of it and discarded. But if a major part of a certain foods make up is fat, it needs to be replaced with something. Ergo, the chemical additives that are used to make up the new “fat free” food.
Unfortunately (for us all) the food industry will always find ways to trick consumers into thinking they have the best and most healthy product on the market. It’s all just a money game for the majority of these people, but now YOU have some new found knowledge that can help when you’re out making healthy grocery choices. Many things are not always what they seem, especially in the world of nutrition. That being said, continue to do your research and stay on top of your health game!
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