4 Food Descriptions That Need to Be Understood

4 Food Descriptions4 food descriptions many people look for are:

– “Fat Free”,
– “Low Fat”,
– “Sugar Free” and
– “Reduced Calorie”.

Those food descriptions sound great, don’t they? Who wants fat, sugar and calories? In reality, our bodies need those things. They need to be the right kind.

How are these food descriptions defined?

  • What exactly is ‘Fat Free’? The food contains no more than half a gram of fat per serving. Fat free foods can still contain small amounts of fat.
  • What is meant by “Low Fat”? A food is considered “reduced fat” if it contains 50 percent or less of the fat in the product’s regular version. 
  • The “Sugar Free” label means it does not contain more than 0.5 g of sugar per serving.
  • What does “Reduced Calorie” mean? A food contains a third or fewer of the calories found in the regular product.
  • Read more at: How Does the FDA Define …?

This post’s focus is on ‘sugar free’. . . What it really means to your health.

In almost every case, there has been a sugar substitute added. These are usually chemically enhanced or engineered. Do the names: Splenda (sucralose), Aspartame (Equal, Nutri-Sweet, Spoonful), or Saccharin sound familiar? How about Truvia and Purevia? The last two are made by Coca-Cola and Pepsi respectively.

  • Splenda – Side effects include (but not limited to): mood swings, headaches, abdominal cramping, fatigue and even weight gain. I developed kidney issues.
  • Aspartame – Over 92 known side effects!
  • Saccharin – Reactions include wheezing, nausea, diarrhea, tongue blisters, tachycardia, fixed eruptions, headache, diuresis, and sensory neuropathy.
  • Truvia and Purevia both have Erythritol. This is a sugar alcohol made by processing genetically modified corn.

Summary: Just use real sugar or Stevia. NOTE: There is a difference in flavor.

Stevia comes from the leaves of the stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni). A perennial shrub of the Asteraceae (Compositae) family is native to Brazil and Paraguay.

Something to think about. If “sugar free” is bad, what are the chances the other three food descriptions are also not good for you?

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