What is "Fat Free"?

Updated: Jul 13

What does it really mean? Is it good or bad for you?


Items listed as fat free have less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving.


Usually people who are trying to lose weight or trying to keep cholesterol levels low seek fat free due to lower fat content.


Fat free foods usually have to undergo a process to reduce the fat content. During the process the food loses some of its flavour. Therefore manufacturers add fillers such as sugar, and salts to bring back some of the flavouring.


Often “fat free” foods aren’t as good as you may think so always make sure to read the label before buying.


Let’s take a look at a couple examples:


Skinny Cow Low Fat Ice Cream:

Contains Carrageenan - a controversial thickener, propylene glycol - a chemical to use antifreeze, sorbitol - a sugar alcohol.


Low Fat Mayo:

Contains added sugars, vegetables oils, and artificial preservatives.

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Reduced Fat Oreos:

There is only a 10 calorie difference between regular Oreos and reduced fat Oreos, however regular Oreos, have twice as much fat. If you know a little bit about fat, you understand that fats actually help you feel satisfied and full. In this case eating the regular Oreos will probably keep you satisfied while the reduced fat ones will keep you wanting more.