Do you purchase sugar free/fat free food items?

Terri69 Terri69
Do you purchase sugar free food items? Do you believe they are healthier than the full fat versions? Or do you believe there is no difference?
05/29/2012
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Peggi Peggi
Some of the candy we buy is sugar free, as is some of the ice cream, because my parents are both diabetic, so if my parents are going to have any with us, we have to make sure we have something for them, too

As for being healthier, I think if you have a health-related issue, they are. Obviously they do cut out some of the ingredients that are otherwise unhealthy for you, but I don't think it makes a HUGE difference, given the type of food we (my hubby and I) eat.
05/29/2012
nanamondoute nanamondoute
I purchase fat free items, but not really sugar free. I do usually use sweetener instead of sugar in my tea though. I think it is healthier, because the substitute is not metabolized in the body, so it comes out as waste (and you don't gain the extra calories from it).
05/29/2012
Khanner Khanner
I will buy "sugar free" products if there are NO sweetening agents at all added to them. I have read that artificial sweeteners will cause weight gain just like sugar, and may even start to be metabolized by the body like sugar after a period of time.

If this is true or not, I have no idea. But I would rather just taste the natural flavor of food instead of saturating it with sweetness. I prefer tea, oatmeal, jam, etc. au natural.

As for fat free food, the only difference in taste I've noticed is fat free ice cream. Yuck! But stuff like that is a rare treat for me, so I may as well just go whole hog.
05/29/2012
Badass Badass
I try to, but sometimes it's more costly to get the fat free stuff.. and I'm so not rich..
05/29/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
i'm not diabetic so i dont really put too much thought into it but if i find a low sugar or a sugar free item that doesnt taste like cardboard then i'll totally buy it instead
05/29/2012
BG529 BG529
I try to.. but sometimes it's just unavoidable.
05/29/2012
wetone123 wetone123
Sugar free foods have dangerous chemicals in them instead like aspartame, which has been proven to cause a multitude of health problems. Sugar is fattening. Seems everything we eat now is bad for you. The meat is injected with hormones that make you fat, the genetically engineered corn is now breeding a new stronger bug that is resistant to its poisonous ingredients. What is safe to eat ????
05/29/2012
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Only if it's still all natural. Sugar-free often means full of artificial sweeteners (i.e. chemicals) and fat-free products will often contain HFCS to make up for the flavor. I do buy things like 1% organic milk, low-fat plain Greek yogurt, and unsweetened applesauce.
06/12/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I'll buy sugar free if the sweetener added is a "natural" one, like honey or something. If it just cuts sugar and adds aspertame, then no. I don't buy "low fat" anything because to make it low fat they usually ADD more sugar to preserve the flavor. Less fat, but more sugar. I watch my sugar intake more than my fat intake, so I'll go with the lower sugar/higher fat version. Or I just won't eat it at all.
06/12/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by Terri69
Do you purchase sugar free food items? Do you believe they are healthier than the full fat versions? Or do you believe there is no difference?
I'd rather eat a greasy, bacon & cheese burger than something labeled "fat-free" or "sugar-free." In fat-free foods they replace the fat with sugar (check the carbohydrate counts on such items), and in sugar-free foods they replace the sugar with low-quality chemical sweetners. Such "foods" are extremely unhealthy.
06/12/2012
asphyxia asphyxia
I will never buy fat-free food unless it's a product that JUST has the fat taken out, like nonfat Greek yogurt. If there are any fillers or bizarre chemical fat replacers, I stay FAR away. I hate most processed foods, and fat-free stuff is probably some of the most processed "food" available.

As far as sugar-free foods go, I only buy stuff without HFCS. I prefer food sweetened with real sugar or stevia. I won't buy stuff with artificial sweeteners at all.
06/19/2012
RiahPapaya RiahPapaya
Yuck! Sugar-free foods have nasty and harmful sugar substitutes and fat-free foods usually contain a lot of other additives like extra sodium to make up for the lack of flavor caused by removing or reducing the fat. Just eat the full-sugar or full-fat versions of foods in moderation. So, nope!
06/20/2012
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