Does sugar-free equal calorie-free?

Apr 15, 2019

NO! There is a common misconception that choosing sugar-free options makes them better for your health. However, this is not always true. As far as beverages are concerned, sugar-free beverages are the best option and in most cases these beverages contain less than 15 calories per serving.

The trouble typically lies in sugar-free foods. When something is labeled sugar-free, most people believe it is a “healthy” option. This is not always true. For example, Hershey’s has a sugar-free chocolate bar. Five pieces is one serving and that is equal to 160 calories, 13 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, and 20 grams of sugar alcohol. While it does not contain sugar, it does contain a significant amount of carbohydrates and fat. Sugar alcohols can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

In many cases, you will notice that sugar-free foods have a higher amount of carbohydrates and fat. This can also lead to a higher amount of calories, so make sure you check your labels. Sugar-free does not equal calorie-free!

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