Governmental nutrition standards haven’t been reevaluated in 30 or 40 years. But America went through a lengthy and noteworthy stage where the food pyramid preached high carbs, low fat. What they didn’t tell Americans however, was that when the fat is removed from food, it tastes awful. To put the flavor back in, they added sugar. Lots of it. Have you ever read the sugar on a nutrition label? Have you noticed it doesn’t come with a percent daily value next to it? This is because added sugar should only contribute to five percent or less of your total daily calories. However, most processed foods, particularly “fat-free” or “low-fat” foods contain upwards of double the recommended daily intake for sugar.

Now you know that less fat is not always better. Especially because when less fat tends to equal more sugar, the situation could get even worse for your body. Say you’re trying to lose weight. Like most people would, you select the reduced fat version of your favorite product. Little do you know that this version contains almost double the added sugar as the original product. Once digested, rather than turning into fat cells like the original product would have, the sugar floats around in your blood stream until insulin lets it into your bodies cells. A constant overproduction of insulin due to a high blood sugar could make your cells non receptive to insulin. Resulting in type 2 diabetes.

I am not saying to go and eat whatever you want because reduced fat is a total lie. But I am warning that overconsumption of sugar can be just as bad if not worse as an overconsumption of fat. So be careful. Don’t fall for every marketing trick and make sure you read nutrition labels to get all the necessary information.