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30 June 2011

Can diet foods hurt you?

The weight-loss industry is worth millions. It's hardly surprising that there are hundreds of specially formulated diet foods on the market. But are they slimming? Are they safe?

The weight-loss industry is worth millions. It's hardly surprising that there are hundreds of specially formulated diet foods on the market.

1) High fat content

Many foods marketed at slimmers or diabetics, do indeed have low sugar, but have such a high energy and fat content that there's no way that they're going to help you lose weight.

Chocolate Energy / 100g Carbohydrate / 100g Total fat / 100g Saturated fat / 100g
Slimming 2038 kJ 30g 39g 20g
Regular 2240 kJ 60g 30,6g 18g

  • aren't loaded with fat and saturated fat;
  • aren't so high in energy that they counteract your efforts;
  • don't contain sugar alcohols and/or fructose at levels that can cause chronic diarrhoea or eye damage;
  • or such mega-doses of vitamins and minerals that they are potentially harmful to your health;
  • or appetite suppressants that can have negative side-effects, including addiction.

 
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