Fikirkan bila kita pergi shopping makanan di supermarket, makanan yang telah diproses, ada yang tidak kisah, lalu memilih makanan yang biasa. Yang setengah setengah cua menjadi health conscious lalu mengambil yang rendah lemak atau lite etc.
Tapi bagi kita di luar sana kita benar benar berserah bila membeli benda benda yang dilabel sebagai lite tadi. Kerana kita menjangkakan bahwa apa yang ditulis di label makanan tadi adalah benar semata mata. Tapi kadangkala menganggap ianya benar dan reliable. Tapi semua adalah trick of the trade. Kita kena mengkaji dan memahami supaya kita tidak membuta tuli mempercayainya tanpa mempersoalkan label tadi..
Seperti didalam artikel yang ditulis dibawah oleh R Hill lifestyle Yahoo, kebenaran makanan yang ditulis lite/kurang lemak atau diet jika kita faham maksud istilah tadi dan kebenaran mengenai kesihatan dan kebaikan untuk diri kita, ianya akan memeranjatkan.
Istilah yang digunakan tidak bermakna ianya berbeza dari segi lemak, dsb. Tapi ianya mungkin bermaksud yang sungguh kurang tepat tapi dengan penjenamaan yang berlainan akan memberi pengeluar kesempatan mengenakan harga yang berbeza malah lebih tinggi kepada pengguna, tetapi berat dan bahan dikurangkan semata mata kerana istilah lite, reduced fat, slimming dan sebagainya.
Bacalah sebelum anda terpengaruh dengan trend trend ini. Kalau nak jaga kesihatan belilah makanan yang belum di proses dan masak dari asas. Ingat dan beringat ingatlah makan untuk hidup bukan hidup untuk makan. Jagalah kesihatan dan pemakanan semasa sihat bukan semasa dah sakit.Jika mula nak jaga masa dah sakit susahlah jadinya..
:written by Rachael Anne Hill, Thursday, 18 November 2010::
dari yahoo lifestyle:: with thanks
It’s easy to toss a product into your trolley because it says ‘light’, ‘reduced fat’ or ‘diet’, but do you actually understand what those terms mean? The truth about their healthiness, and their lasting effect on your diet, might surprise you.
‘Only 5% fat’
According to healthy eating guidelines no more than 30% of the calories we eat should come from fat, so food products that proudly display packaging declaring themselves to be 5%, 10% or even 15% are well below that right? Wrong. This is because these percentages refer to the ‘weight’ of the food not the percentage of calories within the food that come from fat. Therefore, although you can rest assured that a product claiming to be 5% fat will only have five grams of fat per 100 grams of weight in calorific terms the product could still be at least 30% fat or above.
A certain brand of oven chips is advertised as 5% fat because it contains just under five grams of fat per 100g of chips – all perfectly legal and above board as far as labelling laws are concerned. However, in terms of calories these chips contain five times that amount. How can that be? Because according to the nutritional label 100g of chips contains 172 calories, we know that five of those 100 grams are fat so to find out what that equates to in calories simply multiply five by nine (because fat contains nine calories per gram). Result? 45 calories and 45 as a percentage of 172 equals 26% - more than five times the percentage advertised on the packet!
‘Lite’ or ‘light’ foods
Watch out for the way that foods are described too. The words 'lite' or 'light' might lead you to assume that they are either low in calories or low in fat. However, neither is necessarily true as current labelling law allows manufacturers to use the term on products that may simply be lighter in colour or texture than another similar product. Many leading brands of ‘light’ mayonnaise still contain over 90% fat.
‘Reduced fat’ foods
Similarly, be careful of terms such as 'reduced fat'. This does not necessarily mean 'low fat', just that the product has a reduced fat content to other similar versions. Consequently, crisps advertised as ‘reduced fat’ may still be more than 50% fat.
The same is also true of many ‘slimming’, ‘healthy living’ or ‘calorie controlled’ products. It may be reasonable to expect foods that are advertised as being beneficial to slimmers to have fewer calories, less fat and maybe even less sugar but don't bet on it. It’s not unusual for some ‘diet’ versions of foods such as ready meals, crisps and snacks to have, weight for weight, more calories, fat or sugar than other ‘non slimming’ varieties. Sometimes the only factor that makes a product more suitable for the slimming market is that it is sold in smaller quantities. For example, chocolate bars marketed to slimmers may have more calories, weight for weight, than normal chocolate, only the size of the bar is smaller - and then some manufacturers can charge consumers up to 100% more for the privilege!::