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Is fat free food good for you?

Is fat free food good for you?

Fat free food might actually contain a lot of fat

Not necessarily

A “fat free” food might be full of fat.

An 8 oz. bottle of butter spray labeled “0 grams of fat” actually contains 90.4 grams of fat!

Here’s how:

A company can claim a food is “fat free” if it contains less than 0.5 grams (g) of fat per serving.

1 serving (5 sprays) of butter spray = 0.4 g fat.
Therefore, this product can be labeled “0 grams fat” or “fat free”.

There are 226 servings in an 8 oz bottle of butter spray. If you use the entire bottle, (let’s say on a bowl of popcorn) you’ll consume 90.4 unexpected grams of fat.

Here’s the math:

226 servings x 0.4 grams of fat/serving = 90.4 grams of fat.

Sources:
Nutrient content claims: FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
Nutrition facts for butter spray: Calorieking.com



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