Read the labels – it will make you rethink your choices

  • Just because itís low fat doesnít mean itís healthy: Betty Doyling writes it is important to read the list of ingredients instead of simply trusting marketing claims on the front of the package (Photograph submitted)

    Just because itís low fat doesnít mean itís healthy: Betty Doyling writes it is important to read the list of ingredients instead of simply trusting marketing claims on the front of the package (Photograph submitted)


Once we decide to lose weight, many of us head to the grocery store looking for items labelled low-fat, light, diet or fat-free.

We all know that a high-fat diet can lead to weight gain, however it takes more than just eating low-fat foods to lose weight.

Itís about finding a way to manage the calories we consume versus the calories we use.

Many people who choose low-fat foods are unaware that some described as having no or low fat, have usually had the fat replaced with sugars or thickeners. Itís also important to note that any consumed calories that donít get used will be turned into fat stores, regardless of whether they come from fats or carbohydrates.

Most adults should get between 20 per cent and 35 per cent of their total daily calories from fat; our bodies require the good fats (unsaturated and polyunsaturated) to function properly.

The problem is that foods that are high in saturated fats also contain trans fats. Excess consumption of these foods that contain ďbad fatsĒ may lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart-related diseases.

Itís very important to read the ingredientsí label and not just trust the marketing claims on the front of the packaging.

See below for a few tips:

ē Check servings and calories

Look at the serving size and how many servings you are actually eating. Four hundred or more calories per serving of a single food item is high.

ē Make your calories count

Look at the calories on the label and compare them with the nutrients they offer.

ē Eat less sugar

Foods with added sugars may provide calories, but few essential nutrients.

ē Look for foods and beverages low in added sugars

Read the ingredient list and make sure added sugars are not one of the first few ingredients.

ē Know your fats

Look for foods low in saturated and trans fats and cholesterol, to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats such as those found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

Better yet, try to consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, nuts and seeds, meat, eggs and dairy ó foods that occur in nature. Letís try and rethink our choices this week when grabbing something to eat.

Just because itís low fat doesnít mean itís healthy.

Letís make better choices and B-Active For Life!

ē Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Check her out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/B.ActiveForLife

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Published Mar 27, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 27, 2019 at 7:49 am)

Read the labels – it will make you rethink your choices

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