In their efforts to make healthier food choices, consumers may be selecting food products that are not any healthier than traditional snack foods. It is important for consumers to read food labels carefully to determine actual ingredients, fat and sugar content and total calories per serving.
A food product may be labeled "sugar-free," "fat-free," or "reduced-fat" but still have the same amount of calories as their regular counterparts.
Sugar-free cookies, candies and pastries usually have just as many calories as the regular foods, just no sucrose or table sugar. All-fruit jam is no more nutritious than regular jam. It may contain fruit juice concentrate, but it still contains a form of sugar.
Trail mix and granola bars are more like candy and candy bars because their excessive calorie count comes from a high fat content. Frozen yogurts often have lots of added sugar and may contain the same amount of fat as ice cream. Select a frozen yogurt that is sugar-free and fat-free.