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RealSimple.com: Food Labels Decoded

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"Low-Carb"

What it means: There’s no standard definition for this term, so it can mean any number of things-or nothing at all.

The health implications: There’s no evidence that low-carb diets are more effective long-term than any other diets. Also, some carbs, like whole grains and produce, are healthier than others, and this term doesn’t distinguish between “good” and refined carbs.
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Keep in mind: Manufacturers often replace those “missing carbs” with high-fat ingredients (such as nuts), sugar alcohols, or artificial sweeteners, so sometimes low-carb foods have just as many calories as foods that are not low-carb.

Bottom line: Disregard this label and pick foods that are healthy for what they do contain-vitamins, nutrients, and fresh ingredients.

(Photo: RealSimple.com)



The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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