Albers dismisses this claim, saying that while many fat-free products make us feel better about eating them, a study out of Cornell found that we fall for what is known as the 'health halo.' When we think a food is 'healthier,' we tend to eat more of it and ultimately end up taking in more calories than we would from foods perceived as less healthy.
"This study makes a good case for being even more careful of your portion sizes when you believe the food is 'healthy.' Check the back of the package to make sure it is truly nutritious, not just a marketing ploy."
Bushard adds, "Don't be afraid of fat! We need to consume more good fats. These fats are crucial to keep our metabolism healthy."