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Reduced Fat & Low Calorie Foods

You might wonder why we're stacking up the sugar in reduced fat foods. After all, they're not making any claims about reducing sugar. Well, we were curious. And we wanted to point out that just because a cookie is touted as low fat, that doesn't mean it has less sugar than its regular counterpart. And as we discovered, a reduction of fat does not necessarily even mean a major reduction in calories.  


The Reduced Fat Oreos won't help you much if you're counting calories - they have almost as many calories as the regular ones. And the sugar content is the same. The Snack Cakes do have fewer calories, but a comparable amount of sugar.


 Reduced Fat Oreos 
 3 cookies (34g)
 Sugars, total:		14g
 Calories, total:		150 
 Calories from sugar:	56
 
 Oreo Snack Cakes
 1 package (24g) 
 Sugars, total:		9g
 Calories, total:		100 
 Calories from sugar:	36
 
 Oreos 
 3 cookies (34g) 
 Sugars, total:		14g
 Calories, total:		160 
 Calories from sugar:	56
 


The portion size is a little disappointing here. This is a very small handful. But they did manage to pack in the sugar.
 Oreo Candy Bites
 1 package (22g)
 Sugars, total:		12g
 Calories, total:		100 
 Calories from sugar:	48


All those little cookie wafers will last longer, but in the end, they have just as much sugar, and about as many calories as two regular (and much better tasting) Chips Ahoy cookies.


 Chips Ahoy (regular)
 2 cookies  (20g) 
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		98 
 Calories from sugar:	28
 
 Chips Ahoy Thin Crisps 
 1 package (23g)
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		100 
 Calories from sugar:	28
 


These cute little bite-size cupcakes are about equivalent to a half of a regular cupcake, in terms of sugar and calories.


 
 Hostess Cupcake
 100 Calorie Pack (37g)
 Sugars, total:		10g
 Calories, total:		100 
 Calories from sugar:	40
 
 Hostess Cupcake  
 1 Regular (49.5g)
 Sugars, total:		22g
 Calories, total:		175 
 Calories from sugar:	88
 


That's a pretty average amount of sugar for two cookies, and that's the same amount of calories you'd get in two regular Oreos.
 Snackwell Creme Sandwiches
 2 cookies (25g)
 Sugars, total:		9g
 Calories, total:		110
 Calories from sugar:	36


These stats seem less impressive when you realize that this is only one not very substantial cookie.
 Snackwell Devil's Food Cookies 
 1 cookie (16g) 
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		50
 Calories from sugar:	28 
 


Not really a surprise, since they didn't make any claims about less sugar. In this case, the fat reduction actually did make a significant impact on the calorie count.


 Chocolate Pudding
 Regular Pudding (99g)
 Sugars, total:		16g
 Calories, total:		130 
 Calories from sugar:	64
 
 Low Fat Pudding  (99g) 
 Sugars, total:		15g
 Calories, total:		80 
 Calories from sugar:	60
 
 


Another case where the low fat version has almost as many calories as the original, and the same amount of sugar. And you know it's going to be dry and taste weird. Unless you're really concerned about fat, might as well get the regular ones.


 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
 Chocolate Chip (regular) (24g)
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		100 
 Calories from sugar:	28
 
 Low Fat Chocolate Chunk  (24g) 
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		90 
 Calories from sugar:	28
 
 

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