Diet: "Light" is not necessarily lower in calories


Pay attention to nutritional information: Light products are not always low in calories
More and more people are looking for products that are as healthy as possible in their diet. The food manufacturers have long responded to this consumer trend and are increasingly offering goods under the "Light" label. However, such products are not necessarily lower in calories, as consumer advocates explain.

"Light" does not mean fewer calories
The trend towards healthier eating continues. More and more consumers want to eat more consciously and eat fewer calories. However, less fat in a product doesn't necessarily mean less fat on the hips. If consumers in the supermarket choose the "light" version, they do not necessarily buy the lower-calorie product. "Light" says nothing about the total calorie content. "It just means that a single nutrient has to be reduced by at least 30 percent compared to similar products," said Daniela Krehl from the Bavarian Consumer Center.

Missing fat is replaced with sugar
If, for example, the information relates to fat, there may be more sugar in the corresponding food instead. Because fat is an important aroma carrier, some low-fat foods have more sugar added to them for a better taste. "Especially with fruit yogurts, desserts or ready-made salad dressings, you should read the nutritional information very carefully and compare it with conventional products," says Krehl. Ready-made yogurt dressings often make lettuce a heavy meal. Many nutrition experts generally advise against “light” products because they tempt you to eat more because you have “done something good” with them. In addition, some of the substitutes it contains are harmful to human health. (Ad)

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