I really cringe every time I see people (including my father cough) buy the Low Fat versions of the unhealthy favorites, such as Tastykake’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Lay’s Chips. This is my mentality about the issue… I feel as though, those who buy these “lower fat versions” feel “entitled” to indulge if you will on more generous portions than they would have with the regular versions. With that in mind, isn’t it right to say that perhaps you should just buy the regular versions and eat the portions you ate to begin with?
Let’s take Ben & Jerry’s Regular versus Fro Yo:
REGULAR: 1/2 cup equals about 12 grams of fat, and 230 calories
“LIGHTER COUGH VERSION“: 1/2 equals 3 grams of fat, 190 calories
“OK… I can indulge”
“Oh I Really Shouldn’t Be Eating This”
It’s only from personal experience that I make this sweeping generalization. I’m sure there are plenty of American’s that will eat the allowed 1/2 cup and in reality will cut generous calories/fat by merely eating this lower fat version. But for the majority of Americans that I have come across, however, NONE have stopped at 1/2 cup… everyone feels they are allowed to indulge…which led me to my conclusion that they should stick to the originals.