April 2011

Fat Matters.. But Calories Count

Just because a product is fat free, doesn’t mean it is calorie free. In fact, fat free or reduced fat products can have as many, if not more, calories per serving than regular products. So, yes, you need to watch your fat intake. But remember calories do count.

The new National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Guidelines encourage you to read the labels and compare products like these.

1 FIG COOKIE

Fat Free…………………70 Calories
Regular………………….50 Calories
1/2 CUP ICE CREAM OR FROZEN YOGURT

Premium Nonfat…….190 Calories
Regular…………..180 Calories

2 TBSP PEANUT BUTTER

Reduced Fat………..190 Calories
Regular……………190 Calories

Source: National Institutes of Health