Many people believe that binging on food with the words “low fat” labeled on them is not fattening, that they could eat as much as they want as long as it’s low fat.
Two recent studies, however, beg to disagree. According to Cornell researchers, these low fat snacks are actually making you pack on the pounds. Zee News tells us more:
In two studies conducted by Cornell researchers, the team found that people eat an average of 28 percent more total calories when they eat low-fat snacks than regular ones.
“Obese people can eat up to 45% more,” reports lead researcher Brian Wansink (Ph.D.), in the book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.
Wansink revealed the reason behind this is just because some foods say low-fat, they don`t necessarily mean low-calories.
“People don`t realize that low-fat foods are not always low-calorie foods,” Wansink said.
Fat is often replaced with sugar. Low-fat snacks are an average of 11 percent lower in calories, but people wrongly believe they are around 40 percent lower.
Yikes. Better go easy on those low fat crackers, cookies and cream cheese then. .