Fat Matters, But Calories Count

Just because a product is fat free, doesn't mean it is calorie free. In fact, fat free or reduced fat products can have as many, if not more, calories per serving than regular products. So yes, you do need to watch your fat intake. But remember that calories count too.

The new National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Guidelines encourage you to read the nutrition labels and compare the calories in products like these:

1 Fig Cookie 

 1 Fig Cookie:

Fat free

 

51 Calories

1 Fig Cookie:

Regular

56 Calories

1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

Nonfat

 

100 Calories

1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

Regular

104 Calories

2 tablespoons

Peanut Butter

Reduced fat

 

187 Calories

2 tablespoons

Peanut Butter

Regular

191Calories

 

Information is provided by:  The National Women's Health Information Center which is Sponsored by the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services