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Learn to differentiate light, diet and zero products

Learn to differentiate light, diet and zero products

When light foods appeared later of dietary fever, confusion for consumers has started. In recent times, so-called zero products have further disrupted the population. Brazilian legislation even requires packaging labels to provide all necessary information. The requirement, however, is still not enough to clarify the people who come to the shelves of supermarkets concerned about health. Not everyone can decipher the information printed on the packaging of industrialized products, for example.

"From the reports we have heard from patients, many still find it difficult to understand the labels, they do not consider the packaging so enlightening," he reports. nutritionist Karine Zortea. According to the professional, there is even a risk if the person is mistaken in exchanging a product. "A diabetic can mistakenly change a diet product for a light because he thinks it's the same thing," he says.

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Understand the

Diet: It is free from sugar and / or protein and / or fats. It is usually indicated for people with metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

Light: It has a reduction in calories or sugars or fats or sodium or other nutrients in relation to the original product. It is indicated for people who wish to reduce the content of sugars, fats or salt in the food. Not all light food is suitable for weight loss. Calorie reduction in certain foods is very small.

Zero: It promises sugar exemption with calorie reduction or nutrient-free in relation to the original product. In general the indications are similar to those of light foods. Consumers should be very careful not to take as a reference the number of calories displayed on food packaging. According to experts, the information contained in the labels can be up to 25% above the total energy actually supplied by the product. The news is even encouraging for those who are struggling with the scales, but the calorie counting system used as a reference today is outdated and also ineffective.

Karine also explains another trick we are likely to encounter at the time of shopping: "For example, in the case of soft drinks, diet products, such as diets, can be used as a dietary supplement, light and zero do not contain sugar and have no or less than 4 kcal per 100 ml. The change in terminology does not imply significant nutritional differences and the difference between the products is in the type and amount of sweeteners used.

In cola-based soft drinks, a 350 ml can, in the diet, light and zero versions, zero kcal (calories) and zero gram of sugar. What is important is that the consumer understands the differences in the nomenclatures used in the labeling of food is a consumer right and another tool for correct and healthy choices, but at the time of buy avoid being impressed by the featured terms. Read the package, check the nutritional information and compare the products.


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