Should we be wary of light products?

Lightweight sugar or fat, called light products promise mountains and marvels for people who want to lose weight. But be careful when shopping! If certain foods are lighter, use and abuse other tips for to pass for such.

"To wear the label" light "or" light ", a product must have a fat or carb depleted significantly by at least 25% compared to the same non-reduced product. Sometimes indications of relief accompanied the food, "says Gaëlle Thevenot dietician in Paris.

Watch out for traps!

A product reduced sugar is not necessarily low-fat or calories. It's the same for a reduced-fat product: nothing implies that it is reduced in sugars ... "You should know that when a lighter side, something else is added to the other, said Nadine Armel Ker, author of I buy, I buy not thinness, the Leduc.S editions.

In some products, for example yoghurt, sugars are removed, but fructose syrups are added, and they promote fat storage. In biscuits, butter is lighter, but it is replaced by oil palm and hydrogenated fats, which are involved in weight gain and the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. "

Diet products can make you fat

The light products are sweetened with sweeteners and often leave a little bitter taste in the mouth. They do not contain enough natural flavors and often the frustration in taste pushes consumers to eat more.

"The portions of light products are also smaller: the product is reduced by total weight, but hunger is always present. These products therefore promote binge eating, "notes Nadine Armel Ker.

A chocolate cake made with butter and real chocolate brings real satisfaction to the consumer, while a cake made of lightweight cocoa, hydrogenated fats and sweeteners, do not totally seduced the tastebuds and pushes you dining in larger quantities.

Read the labels!

"Before purchasing light products, check the labels and list their ingredients to find out what they are worth nutritionally, says Nadine Armel Ker. The most important components are top of the list in descending order of weight. Look, if they contain less fat, sugars, and they are naturally reduced. "

Classical yoghurts, no light for example, are already somewhat high in fat since they are mostly made from semi-skimmed milk, less calories than whole milk. They are naturally low in fat. Meanwhile, yogurt 0% cost more and caloric difference will be minimal.

Which product for which light consumer?

A CEDUS-Credoc 2009 study, 35% of adults consume at least once a week a reduced sugar products, primarily in the form of drinks, fresh or stewed. Predominantly female, that population follows, usually, a diet.

If sugar diet products are in industrial recipe, "the low fat are not left since butters, margarines and dairy desserts are the most consumed by the French, says Nadine Armel Ker.

Sales of low fat down

For about three years, the return to consumption of fresh products and a more natural diet has reduced sales of low-fat products. According to TOPEO study, 8.1% of respondents are in favor of the exclusion of light products or low-fat diet; 15.6% think they should be avoided; 33.4% say they are in moderation. Only 24.3% of the sample favors the consumption of such foods.
To read

- I buy, I buy not thinness, Nadine Armel Ker, ed. Leduc.S.

- Do not swallow anything, Fabiola Flex, ed. Robert Laffont / Denoël.

- Study conducted by Cedus Credoc in 2009 from the INCA 2 survey, conducted by AFSSA.

- Study TOPEO "The French and their diet", conducted by Cegma-Topo from February 26 to March 2, 2009 with 308 individuals, of which 64.3% women and 35.7% men, aged 16-67 years.