Exercise Myth Busters #10

If the box says ‘Low Fat’, it has low kilojoules and is better for you.

It is a common misconception that low-fat and fat-free foods are also low in kilojoules. Many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have as many as, or in some cases, even more kilojoules than full-fat foods because they have more sugar and other high kilojoule containing compounds added to them to improve flavour and texture.  So, if you’re trying to lose weight, remember to check the kilojoule content of foods you eat, even the ones that claim to be low-fat foods, as the main influence in weight loss is energy intake not fat intake.

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