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Sugar Free, Trans Fat Free, Sex, Lies, and a Healthy Lifestyle

Remember the old adage that “There is no such thing as a Free Lunch?” No pun intended. We can extend this concept to the current food industries attempts to sell items labeled as “Fat Free,” “No Trans Fats,” “Sugar Free,” and so on.

Guess what---technically these claims are usually true, but with anything else in life, you might be substituting one bad thing with another.

If something is “0 grams Trans Fat” is it good for you? Not really—sometimes, it contains massive amounts of calories, fat, and other ingredients that may not contain sugar, but are equally harmful.

How about this?

"Krispy Kreme announced today that it has completed its transition to becoming trans-fat free. 100% of their menu is now politically correct.

The company has been slowly introducing trans-fat free doughnuts over the past several months.

In reality, the doughnuts are not really trans-fat free, rather they are "trans-fat free per serving", which is different. Under FDA guidelines, if a product has less than 0.5 grams of trans-fat per serving, then it can be rounded down to 0.0 grams on the labeling. But nonetheless, I'm sure they're more sophisticated than previous doughnuts.

The company claimed that it made this move because of demand from their closest fans...

Through the Friends of Krispy Kreme program, an online group of Krispy Kreme fans who receive special Krispy Kreme promotional offers and provide feedback on new Krispy Kreme products, the company knew that reducing trans fat from daily diets had been on their customers' minds. The initiative to transition the entire menu to zero grams trans fat demonstrates Krispy Kreme's commitment to its customers.

Awww, ain't that special?

But me thinks that there was something more to it than that."

From the Junk Food Blog

What’s the message here? Beware of health claims that aren’t really healthy. Read those food labels, and you’ll notice that many foods labeled “0 Trans Fats” and “Fat Free” are as high in sugar as their high fat varieties. Oh, it’s definitely better to go with the fat free variety, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can eat more of a product just because It says "Fat Free." Be a savvy healthy food shopper. If you would like more information about trans fats, here’s a great link: Trans Fat Now Listed with Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutr...

Don’t buy into the hype that you are quite frequently being told, because,

After all, it’s only about a Healthy Lifestyle.

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Comment by Eve on January 12, 2008 at 8:10am
It's not always enough to read the nutrition label. You gotta look at the ingredients, too. A lack of trans-fat doesn't necessarily translate to lo-fat. Even "good" fats can become a problem if consumed in too great quantity. Have a doughnut occasionally if that's what you crave (occasionally does not equal daily), and go for the "healthiest" doughnut you can find. But remember to cut back someplace else on that day so that your diet remains in balance.

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