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"Reduced" this. "Light" that. Be careful -- Things aren't always what they seem.


The new 75% less sugar versions of Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Puffs may be lower in sugar than the originals, but don't let that fool you into thinking they contain fewer calories, less fat, or even fewer carbs. The truth is, these "healthier" versions of classic breakfast cereals sometimes have more calories and more carbs than the originals. If you're watching your sugar, they're better for sure, but otherwise, read the labels carefully and then make your decisions.

Girl Scout Cookie WARNING!

Those kooky Girl Scouts will do anything to sell a cookie. Their so-called "reduced fat" lemon cremes are pretty darn high in fat and calories. Three little cookies contain 130 calories, 4.5g of fat and 22 carbs. Not really a big difference between those and some of their other cookies. In fact, their apple cinnamon cookies actually have 10 fewer calories per serving than the reduced fat ones!

What a Jif!
Should choosy dieters choose Jif or Reduced Fat Jif? Believe it or not, both the regular and reduced fat versions of Jif peanut butter contain 190 calories for 2 tablespoons. The reduced fat version has 12g of fat and 15 carbs per serving, and the regular has 16g of fat and 7 carbs. you want to save fat or carbs? The choice is yours.

Sour Cream Tip!

Knudsen's Reduced Fat Sour Cream has only 5 calories and half a gram of fat more than their Fat Free Sour Cream. Our advice? Go for the reduced fat version if taste matters to you at all. The fat free kind is just, well, not good.

Wheat Deceit?
You'd think Reduced Fat Wheatables would be a safer snack choice than regular Wheatables. The truth is, they actually have the same amount of calories and just 2g of fat less than the originals. Those Keebler Elves have way too much time on their hands. Guys, why not use some of that "Elfin' magic" to whip up something truly diet-friendly?

Today, September 3, is National Welsh Rarebit day. Bunny-lovers breathe easy. This fatty treat is basically a snazzy "melted cheese on toast" dish that has nothing to do with rabbits.

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