Don't Be Fooled by Food Labels: Some Claims Aren't (Entirely) True

Think you're eating healthfully? Why you can't always judge a food by its packaging (9 Photos)

Jill Provost on Feb 10, 2011 at 2:20PM

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Don't Be Fooled by Food Labels: Some Claims Aren't (Entirely) True

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Skinny Foods That Aren't

Low-fat snacks have to have three grams of fat or less per serving. So, yes, that’s just how much fat you’re getting -- unless you eat more than a single serving size, which is easy to do. That’s why some health experts argue low-fat foods are partly to blame for the fattening of America. The low-fat label, they claim, fools many of us into believing we can eat more. That's what researchers at Cornell University found in a recent study: People who thought they were eating low-fat cookies ate one third more than the people who were told they were eating regular cookies. What makes this label particularly dangerous to your diet is that low-fat foods often make up for their lack of fat with extra sugar and extra calories. In other words: Low fat does not mean low cal. In fact, it can mean the opposite.

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