My father-in-law was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and my own father was diagnosed about 10 years ago. I know I’m sugar sensitive and at risk of developing diabetes, but for now I’ve been able to control my sugar through diet and exercise.
My wife had me try some sugar free cookies that her dad liked, since he can’t eat much sugar at all without getting sick, low sugar or sugar free is a must for him. The cookies taste great, but I was a little disappointed in the fat levels. Since my sugar is under control, I’d rather eat something low fat but maybe has a little sugar in it, like reduced fat Chips Ahoys, which are very good.
For example, the Murray’s Sugar Free Chocolate Chip cookies have a serving size of 3 cookies (32g). A serving is 150 calories which isn’t bad, but 20g of carbs (even with 0g sugar) and 9g of fat (14% of DV) and 3.5g sat fat (18%DV).
The reduced fat Chips Ahoys, while they do have 9g of sugar in a 31g serving, they only have 5g of fat (8%DV). Is that enough to make a huge difference? I’m not sure.
The other thing that caught my eye was two boxes of Pop-Tarts I bought lately, one of which happened to be the “Reduced Fat Strawberry”. I wanted to try them, but I’m not daft enough to think Reduced Fat Pop Tart = Healthy.
I was shocked with what I saw on the nutrition panel (and of course I didn’t look too hard until I got them home).
The second box was chocolate chip cookie dough. Which sounds healthier, strawberries or chocolate chip cookies? Depends on what your looking at.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
5g fat (8% DV)
Reduced Fat Strawberry:
190 Calories (only 10 less).
The low fat ones are higher in total carbs and sugars and don’t reduce the calories so I don’t think those are even really worth bothering with.
I guess it depends on what your health goals are, but for myself I think I should stick to the non-fat, low-fat even if it means a few more grams of sugar. And carbs are 4 calories per gram, fat is 9 calories per gram, so low fat will be much lower in calories.
What do you think?