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Low-Carb Products


Supermarkets now have a variety of low carb breads, cereals, pasta, cookies, and chips. Many, if not most, of these products are designed to cash in on the low-carb craze and contain ingredients that are not part of a healthy, balanced diet.


The label "low carb" is not FDA approved and is not regulated by the government. This means there is no standard for what makes a product low carb—each manufacturer uses its own formula for calculating net carbohydrates. The FDA plans to suggest labeling guidelines for these products in the near future, but until regulations are in place, it's impossible to know if products are true to their advertising.


Low carb products can be unhealthy—they can contain too many calories and too much fat (total fat, saturated fat, trans fat). And the sugar alcohols could be more than your tolerance level for digestive upsets.


It's best to stick with whole, fresh foods no matter what diet plan you choose to follow. Learn how to identify the foods that contain good carbohydrates and good fats, and make those foods a permanent part of your diet.


However, there are some foods labeled "low carb" that are perfectly acceptable additions to a healthy diet, as long as they do not replace fresh fruits and veggies, which are so important to good health.


If you must eat these products, read the nutrition labels to determine which ones are best. Choose items that are:


Low in total fat and saturated fat and with no trans fat (hydrogenated oil)

Limited in sugar alcohols (due to laxative effect—find your tolerance level)

Made with natural ingredients

Made with whole grains instead of refined or enriched flour

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