The Snackwell Lesson

Ever try a Snackwell cookie?  My mom always had some hanging out in the pantry.  They weren’t bad, taste wise.  But I definitely still preferred regular full fat Oreos.

Snackwells appeared at the height of the low-fat craze.  It was preached eating fat made you fat.  So everything came in fat-free or reduced fat versions. Even cookies.

Snackwells were touted as revolutionary.  Fat-free cookies you could enjoy without the guilt!  They were too good to be true and no one wanted to ruin it by asking, “So how exactly have they removed the fat from cookies?”.

The answer isn’t good. The missing fat was replaced by tons of artificial sweeteners and fillers.  Snackwells, incredibly, were able to make a cookie MORE processed.  That impressive feat should not go unrecognized.

Unfortunately, the added sweeteners in these guiltless cookies are actually worse for maintaining or losing weight.  Although a high fat diet isn’t an ideal staying slim strategy, a high sugar diet is certain to push up the numbers on the scale.

This scenario is repeated in almost every “fat-free” product.  Fat goes out, sugar goes in.

So, remember the lesson of Snackwells when making food choices:  If it seems too good to be true, just get the Oreo’s.

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