trans fat pringlesThese days, it seems like everything is free of some unhealthy ingredient. Sugar-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free; every wants to buy a product that is free of that nagging aspect in their diet. Check out the products at your local grocery store. You’ll probably find that everything is free of something. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean these kinds of products don’t come at a price.

Now, nobody disagrees that cutting down on some of the unhealthy ingredients in your diet is a bad idea. Still, there is almost no aspect that you can cut out of your diet completely. Almost everything we consume in our diet is useful to our bodies, even necessary, in moderation.

The problem is, people tend to consume much more food when it comes with a ‘free’ label. For example, people will consume more sugar free gum because it saves them from being guilty. The problem is, sugar free does not mean calorie free.

Trans fat is another matter, the regulation allows manufacturers to put ‘trans fat free’ labels in their products as long as there’s less than half gram of trans fat per serving. Since the food is labeled as trans fat free, most people will be more than happy to gobble another extra serving. Unconsciously they have just piled up more trans fat in their body which add up to the daily limit of 2g.

Being a healthy eater doesn’t only mean that you need to consume healthy food. That also means that you need to consume everything in moderation. Next time you see a ‘trans fat free’ or ‘calorie free’ label, be wise and don’t be tempted to eat more than you should have to.

7 comments:

  1. Leigh said...

    Still you have to hand it to the marketing departments who use clever tricks to get us to eat this rubbish!

  2. Shane said...

    As with a lot of extra additives in our food today we don't actually need trans fat in our diet at all. It is only beneficial to the suppliers.

  3. Anonymous said...

    I heard that those sugar free candy actually use sugar alcohol which still has high glycemic index. So that's not entirelu truthful, isn't it.

  4. Brice said...

    I was really shocked to find out that sugar free gum is just as bad for you as the ordinary gum!

  5. Sean said...

    I always consuming sugar free chewing gum... :(

  6. Scott said...

    Aw, horse shhhh!!! Sneaky labels!

    What are you thoughts on hydrogenated oil, Cherry? I hear it is bad.

  7. Crystal said...

    Hydrogenated oil is trans-fat, so if you see that in the ingredients then you know it has trans-fat. This is a nuisance for me too because I always try to avoid trans fat.



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