Contributed by: Ciara Floyd, M.S., NSCF-CPT, NSCA, CSCS
Supermarket shelves are filled with sweets marketed as a healthier alternative. These products offer claims such as low fat, no fat, no added sugar, and ½ the calories of the regular item. Although these products may be a better option than the regular products there are a few things to consider before purchasing.
First, be mindful of what may be added to create a flavorful taste. An item that claims to be low in fat, may be higher in sugar than the regular alternative. Secondly, most of these items do not taste as good as the regular product, so once consumed you may feel less satisfied and end up eating more. Lastly, when selecting the healthier alternatives there is often the misconception that because it is healthier you can eat more, and potentially consume more calories. So, what’s the best thing to do? If craving something sweet first grab a piece of fruit or a cup of Greek yogurt before turning to these products and if that doesn’t satisfy your craving enjoy these sweets as you would others, in moderation.