Healthy Living - Is low-fat better for you?

Healthy Living – Is low-fat better for you?

By Katrina RoeFriday 16 Sep 2011Hope Mornings

When you see the label ‘low-fat’ on a food product, do you usually assume it is better for you? 

There are now so many low-fat and non-fat food products that it would be easy to assume they’re always healthier for you.  But that may not be the case. 

Some low-fat processed foods may have unhealthy amounts of salt and sugar, or may be so high in energy that they are actually more fattening than the full-fat alternative. 

While the anti-fat message is still important, there may have been some unintended consequences, like the fact that we may eat larger portions if we assume a food is low in fat. 

Professor Kerin O’Dea from the Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia explains the low-fat trend and what you should be looking for in a healthy food.

Listen Now – Katrina Roe talks with Professor O’Dea.

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