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Do You Eat Low-Fat Sweets?

Do You Eat Low-Fat Treats?

By the 1990s, being on a low-fat diet was all the rage: for every full-fat product available, there seemed to be a low-fat alternative. Low-fat branding meant that all those forbidden foods like ice cream and cookies could now be enjoyed without guilt. While the low-fat push worked for some, it caused others to simply eat more than they normally would, making their calorie and sugar intake shoot through the roof.

While I tend to only buy whole, natural foods, I do buy low-fat and nonfat dairy products (except for cheese). But I stay away from sweets and savory treats that are branded "low-fat." I'd rather have a naturally sweet or salty treat, or enjoy a smaller serving of a full-fat sweet. Part of me is worried that I'll overindulge; plus I just don't think low-fat cookies taste as good. How about you?

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fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
Does fat free frozen yogurt count?
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
No, I don't. And yes, fat doesn't make you fat, but too much saturated and trans fat boosts your bad cholesterol and lowers your good.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 7 years
Yes and no. In terms of what I actually consider my "treats", then no. Most nights of the week, I have a handful of jelly beans or gummy lollies (gluten and dairy free, but that's by necessity not because I think it's "healthy") and a few squares of dark chocolate. Sometimes more than a few squares of dark chocolate. :-) But I like to have things like gluten-free muffins almost every day and for those, I'll tend to make them with applesauce instead of oil/butter and no added sugars beyond fruit. They taste better to me that way, anyway, and it just seems like a sensible swap for something that's a staple part of my diet. But I definitely don't buy "fat-free" processed biscuits or cakes or anything from the supermarket.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I would rather have a smaller portion of the full fat version....tastes so much better.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't buy fat free versions of high fat foods except when it comes to dairy products...I do buy skim milk and lowfat sour cream and nonfat yogurt. I've found that those are the only fat free products that don't replace the fat with more sugar/stablizers. I used to buy fat free ice cream and I would eat it by the bucketload because I thought it was better for me than regular ice cream. Wrong! It only has about 10-20 calories less than full fat ice cream per serving and I was eating a lot more than a serving at once. So yeah, I gained weight doing that. It was much better for me to buy full fat ice cream in small individual portions so I didn't overeat it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I only eat low-fat options when the full fat option is unnecessarily rich eg pizza, where the full-fat option can be laden with a monumental amount of cheese, oil etc which is not how pizza was originally intended to be; as it is I don't eat (nor like) milk, butter, vegetable oil, cream, ice-cream and soft cheeses (other than mascarpone or ricotta), so sometimes the low-fat option is what I actually prefer.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
In the 90s people really thought that fat made you fat. I was watching an old Seinfeld episode where there was this ice cream place that served fat free ice cream and the characters didn't understand why they were gaining weight if it was fat free. I was yelling at the TV, lol. Of course it turned out in the episode that there was fat in the ice cream, it had nothing to do with the amount of sugar. I remember eating so much junk when I was a kid and I really thought it was OK and I wouldn't gain weight because it was low fat or fat free. No one told me! I know better now. We all do, but unfortunately people are fatter than ever. Ah well, as long as I'm not fat.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I used to when I was misinformed and had no flavor standards
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Well, when it comes to some, yes. I don't diet or really obsess over what I eat, but my my mom worked for Nabisco since I was 7, so I grew up on those-there snack wells... I just like the taste, honestly. ahah
missyd missyd 7 years
LOL @ Pamela You are right!
pamela87 pamela87 7 years
NO!!! FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT! :bangs head against wall:
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