Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What do choosy mothers choose?

My husband passed this information onto me today:

Myth #12: Reduced-fat foods are healthier alternatives
Reality: Less fat often means more sugar

Peanut butter is a representative example for busting this myth. A tub of reduced-fat peanut butter indeed comes with a fraction less fat than the full-fat variety—they’re not lying about that. But what the food companies don’t tell you is that they’ve replaced that healthy fat with maltodextrin, a carbohydrate used as a filler in many processed foods. This means you’re trading the healthy fat from peanuts for empty carbs, double the sugar, and a savings of a meager 10 calories.

Put the Truth to Work for You: When you're shopping, don't just read the nutritional data. Look at the ingredients list as well. Here's a guideline that never fails: The fewer ingredients, the healthier the food.


  1. You just knew there had to be a trade-off! No good deed goes unpunished, or maybe it's no manufactured health food goes unpunished.

  2. Love me some peanut butter! Thanks for the info! There are some things that just dont work in the reduced fat world!

  3. If I'm eating peanut butter I want the real deal.