These 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.
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