Runner's World (UK) - - Weight Loss -

From non-gm to gluten­free, we’re now pre­sented with a bar­rage of health haloes, some of which have no le­gal def­i­ni­tion and many of which can dis­tract from your main nu­tri­tional goals. Re­mem­ber…

YOU CAN HAVE TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING Even if a health claim is le­git­i­mate, it’s not a li­cence to go over­board. Ex­cess calo­ries lead to weight gain even if they come from ‘healthy’ foods. A study in the Jour­nal of Mar­ket­ing Re­search found that peo­ple who were given a food la­belled ‘low fat’ ate 50 per cent more than those who ate the nor­mal ver­sion. GLUTEN- FREE DOES NOT NEC­ES­SAR­ILY

MEAN GOOD It’s crit­i­cal for any­one with coeliac dis­ease, but these days lots of non­coeli­acs buy gluten-free prod­ucts on the as­sump­tion that they’re health­ier. Scores of crisps and bis­cuits sport the ‘gluten-free’ la­bel and many gluten-free foods have re­fined carbs and added fats, so check the other info on the packet to make sure the calo­ries, fats and sug­ars are go­ing to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. ECO- FRIENDLY ISN’T AL­WAYS DIET- FRIENDLY The ‘or­ganic’ la­bel means the food is grown with­out pes­ti­cides, an­tibi­otics or growth hor­mones. But many cakes, bis­cuits and other di­etun­friendly items are or­ganic, so you should still ex­am­ine the nu­tri­tion info and in­gre­di­ents. Like­wise with foods la­belled ‘non-gm’ (no ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms). While ‘or­ganic’ and ‘non-gm’ may be good for the en­vi­ron­ment, if you’re pri­mar­ily con­cerned about your weight, they’re not the most im­por­tant vari­able.

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