I remember using “reduced” foods. They didn’t taste as good, and aren’t really healthier. Choose wisely. Balance with lots of plants. Pick one day, one meal a week to indulge with what you love.

The Ethical Nag

Check out a jar of Smucker’s Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter. Its label claims: “25% less fat than regular natural peanut butter”. But although Smucker’s has indeed removed some of the fat from the peanut butter, they’ve replaced it with something called  maltodextrin, a carbohydrate used as a cheap filler in many processed foods.

Warning: this means you’re being duped into trading the healthy fat from nuts for empty carbs, double the sugar, and a savings of a meager 10 calories. 

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