These are the only foods that help you lose weight in September according to the OCU

Opting for the ‘light’ versions of caloric foods is counterproductive for your diet, your health and your pocket, explains the Organization.

Cherry tomatoes.

The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has recalled that It is a mistake to think that light products can decisively help us lose weight.and remember that the most important thing is to follow a healthy and varied diet: rich in fruits, legumes and vegetables, and where fresh, little processed foods are prioritized.

Although light foods guarantee at least 30% less sugar or fat than a similar product, this does not necessarily imply that the calorie reduction is similar. For example, a bag of light potato chips has on average only 17% fewer calories than a regular bag.

In addition, light products usually come from caloric foods, so they will normally continue to be. Despite some caloric reduction, a serving of light semi-cured cheese (60 grams) has an average of 174 kcal, the same as a serving of light crackers (40 grams); while a serving of light jam (25 grams) has 37 kcal.

“If you are looking for a light alternative, better replace those appetizers with crudités (celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes), pickles or even dried fruit (as long as they are not fried or salted and in small quantities). Much healthier options”, points out the Organization.

On the other hand, remember that many light foods are ultra-processed products with a high content of salt and additives, especially pastries and sauces. Therefore, in these cases, “this type of food should not represent more than a small part of the usual diet.” OCU also advises practicing a little physical exercise every day, it also helps to lose weight, as well as contributing to improving physical and mental health.

What products are considered ‘light’

“When we think of a light product, a product with fewer calories, with less fat quickly comes to mind… a food that makes you less fat, in short. but neither everything that is called light has few calories, nor can that argument of light or light serve as an excuse to eat more”, they warn from the OCU. The claims that can be included in the labels are the following:

– Reduced or light content. Only products that reduce the content of one or more nutrients by 30% compared to a similar reference product can be so named.

– Low in calories or low energy value. To deserve this name, the product in question must not have more than 40 kcal/100 g, if it is a solid, or 20 kcal/100 ml, in liquids.

– No calories. They are foods with less than 4 kcal/100 ml.

About, The OCU offers the following recommendations:

– Read the nutrition label carefully: look at the energy section or energy value, and of course, fats, sugars, etc. The fine print will let you know how was the caloric reduction done.

– Some light foods, even having 30% less than the original, still have many calories. Beware the temptation to take more with the excuse that they are light: you could even consume more calories than if you opted for the normal version.

– Consider eating less than normal version: more caloric yes, but surely richer, and sometimes also healthier (sugar instead of sweetener, necessary fats, etc).

– …and more cheap. Remember that it is not about saving calories at any price: We have seen that light and normal products sometimes have very similar prices, but this is not always the case.

Getting some exercise is key to burning calories.

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