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Myth: "Light" Foods Are Better

Truth: "Light" foods may contain fewer calories or fat, but not without increasing the sodium, sugar, chemical additives, or artificial sweeteners.

For instance, when you compare real cream cheese to the fat-free version, you may save 15 calories, but you gain 11 milligrams of sodium. It may not seem like much, but every little bit adds up, and too much sodium is a major cause of bloating. Not only that, when people perceive a food as being light, they tend to eat more of it, consuming the same amount or more calories than if they had just gone with the original version.

It's best to avoid "light" and "fat-free" foods like cheese, chips, ice cream, and orange juice and go for the real deal; just choose smaller portions. The more natural the ingredients, the better.

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