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9 Low-Fat Foods You Shouldn't Eat

Some low-fat foods aren't much better for you than their full-fat counterparts—and others are even worse.

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Fat traps

by Jessica Migala

Don't automatically assume that a food with "low fat" on its label is better for you or will help you lose weight. Many low-fat, reduced fat, and fat-free foods give you more than you bargained for: A recent UK study found that 10% of diet foods contain the same or more calories than the regular stuff, and that 40% had more sugar. Why? When companies remove fat, they have to use more sugar, salt, and additives to make the food taste better. Plus, research shows that a "low-fat" nutrition label leads all consumers, especially those who are overweight, to overeat.

That's not such a good trade off. Rather than take the label's word for it, digging a little deeper can help you make a healthier (and yes, slimmer) choice. Here's the scoop on 9 low-fat foods that aren't so good for you.

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