Is low fat food good for you?

Is low fat food good for you?

Low fat food isn’t necessarily good for you.

Low fat or reduced-fat food may be high in sugar.

Fat and sugar are two key ingredients used to make food taste good.
In many cases, if fat is taken out, sugar is added.


3.5 ounces of regular Chocolate Swiss ice cream has:

  • 12.9 grams (g) total fat (8 g saturated)
  • 17.5 g sugar

3.5 ounces of reduced fat Chocolate Swiss ice cream has:

  • 10.1 g total fat (5.9 g saturated)
  • 25.5 g sugar

A 3.5 ounce serving of reduced fat ice cream has 2.8 fewer grams of total fat (including 2.1 fewer grams saturated fat). However, it has 8 more grams of sugar.

How do I read a food label?

Nutrition facts for Chocolate Swiss ice cream:

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