The Scam Behind Low Fat Food Labels

Over the weekend I decided to watch the CD that comes with the Get Lean Kit from Lee Labrada and Keith Klein.  By the way, if you are not familiarized with it, please take a look at my Get Lean Kit Review

After getting some inspiration from Lee’s awesome Mr. Olympia posing routine (which you can watch for free in I decided to watch Keith Klein’s nutrition seminar.  This seminar is the best nutrition seminar I have ever seen because of Keith’s unique and effective ability to explain nutrition.  In addition, he’s not only a wealth of knowledge but he also practices what he preaches.

Amongst the various gems of nutrition knowledge shared in the nutrition seminar, the one that always baffles me every time is the scam behind low fat food labels.  The best way to show you the low fat food label scam is through an example.

Let’s say that you have a food that claims to be 99% fat free on the label.  But what does that really mean?  As Keith rightfully explains, all it means is that by weight, the food is 99% fat free.  However, let’s say that the hypothetical food contains 50 calories and 3 grams of fat.  If that is the case, then guess what?  Because there are 9 calories per gram of fat, then that means that your low fat food contains 27 calories out of 50 that come from fat.  So if you look at the percentage of fat by calories, your low fat food ends up being over 50% fat!  Yikes!!!  So much for your food being low in fat.  Buyer beware.

This is just another example of how the food industry can use trickery to make you buy a food that in reality is not good for you.

Best of Health!


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