Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How can I Identify a Low-Fat Food Product?

Read food labels. Some people find it awkward to read food labels at supermarkets but they shouldn’t be not unless they’re already creating a long line behind them.

When reading food labels, consider the following:

  • Is fat a major ingredient?
  • Is there more than one type of fat in the product?
  • Is the serving size appropriate?

Read food labels carefully. Go easy on products made with any ingredient that is high in saturated fat and cholesterol like oils, lard and cheese. When you see several high-fat ingredients on the label, the product is more likely to have too much fat. When trying to figure out the fat content of a food product, make sure that you use a serving size that is close to what you would really eat. This is often more than what the label indicates.

To calculate the percentage of fat per serving,

  • Take the amount of fat and calories, and then divide it with the total number of calories
  • Take the amount of fat calories and divide it with the total number of calories
  • 90/100 = 90% of calories come from fat (this is the food to avoid)

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