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Diet Foods Are Not as Healthy As You Think

Diet Foods Are Not as Healthy As You Think

 Do you bring frozen dinners to work for lunch?

Could so-called “diet” foods actually be sabotaging your weight-loss goals?  Yes, according to research from Consumer Reports, which found that many products labeled “low-fat” or “natural” are no healthier than the regular versions (and in some cases, even worse). For instance, reduced-fat foods are often packed with extra sugar to make up for lost flavor.  In fact, reduced-fat Jif peanut butter has more sugar than regular, and Kraft fat-free Ranch Dressing has twice the sugar than the original version.  Another ingredient lurking in many diet foods is artificial sweetener- Dannon’s Light & Fit fat-free Greek yogurt contains three different fake sugars.  And a number of products that claim to be free of unhealthy trans-fats, like Coffee-Mate and Cheetos, actually do contain trace amounts. (According to the FDA, foods with less than 0.5 grams of trans-fats can be labeled trans-fat-free.)  Of course, if you’re eating Cheetos, health probably isn’t your number-one concern. :)