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Low Fat vs. Sugar Free?

Updated on February 5, 2017


Choosing the lesser Evil: Low Fat or Sugar Free

If you have to give up something yummy, would you choose to do without fatty foods or sugary foods?

Tough call, isn't it?

Some of my favorite foods contain one or even both of these bad-for-you ingredients.

If I had to choose a something-free ingredient under threat of violence I'd go with fat-free. Kicking and screaming, of course.

I have no problem with the compromise of low fat. :D

You can enjoy foods with fat and/or sugar...

but in moderation!


Which is better? Low Fat or Sugar Free?

Yes, you're right! Low Fat is better!

Yes, you're right! Low Fat is better!

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    • BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      @anonymous: You may be right, but we all have an opinion about our preferences.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I say people here are not qualified to answer these questions!

    • Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Low fat...sugar free means many things. Can't trust those labels.

    • Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I don't like the chemicals in sugar-free products. (Of course, no sugar is okay, but normally the sugar is replaced with man made things.)Natural is best.

    • Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      There are a lot of horrible ingredients in sugar free products that might cause cancer, so I try to limit those. Low fat products have a lot of gums added, but if you read the ingredients, you might be able to find some that just use skim milk instead of whole (if it's a dairy).

    • yepitiswhatitis 6 years ago

      I say low fat. Neither is "good" for you, but fat is the worst of the 2 evils.

    • WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I say low fat as I've had to follow low fat diets following two surgeries. I tend to choose low fat foods now and drink skim milk.

    • Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Sugar isn't great either but I'd rather have low fat than sugar substitutes.

    • jennysue19 7 years ago

      What bothers me is that 'sugar free' often means that some awful sugar substitute has been used instead. I don't see it as a contest between the two at all. Simply don't eat processed food. Go for raw, or what you cook for yourself in your own kitchen and know what goes into it. Use fresh fruit like bananas and berries to keep your sweet tooth in check. It's the bad fats like palm oil and animal fats that are really harmful - and processed foods are choc full of them

    • LoKackl 7 years ago

      Life would be boring without fat and sugar

    • BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I like the taste of fat free. Can't stand too many sugar substitutes.

    No way, Monkeybrain! Sugar-free!

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      • June Nash 4 years ago

        Sugar Free. We eat too much sugar. There is plenty of natural sugars in the foods we eat. We do not need to add extra. Our bodies need healthy fats.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Skim Milk and Full Cream Milk have the same amount of sugar!

      • falling lakes 5 years ago

        sugar free and usual fat!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'd rather be able to go sugar free. Refined sugar free that is. I just wouldn't be interested in those imitation sweet products either. If I want something sweet I will eat fruits. But they have a new sweetener that is extracted from leaves but really there is no point. You like sweet things because they are like a drug.

      • Bobbala 5 years ago

        Sugar-free has been great for my health. Great lens!

      • kimadagem 5 years ago

        I was recently able to lose almost 70 pounds without lowfat foods, but I *am* sugar-sensitive so I would have to vote for sugar-free. With that said, I actually try to stay away from sugar substitutes too; if I need something sweet I look for stuff with natural sweeteners or less refined sugars. They don't mess with my blood sugar as much.

      • CarolynPile 6 years ago

        Sugar free. They make much better artificial sweeteners than they used to.

      • tealmermaid 6 years ago

        I don't eat all that much sugar anyway. I doubt I'd miss it.

      • tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

        I don't do sugar substitutes, EVER, but I do lower my overall sugar intake and use raw honey or stevia for the rest.

      • Lemming13 6 years ago

        I'm sugar intolerant, so it has to be sugar free; I generally don't worry about carcinogens in premade sugar free foods as I rarely buy them, they mostly taste awful. So my treats are mostly high fat.

      • Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        I've been on a sugar free diet for last one year and it has worked marvels for my health :)

      • Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

        I really don't have a sweet tooth so I can live without sugary foods. I wouldn't even consider something containing an artificial sweetener - I would just go without. It's a no brainer for me.

      • BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

        Oh, I couldn't live without my "fat", where would I hang my waistband? I have to say (if I'm forced!) Sugar Free.

      Are you Low Fat or Sugar-free?

      What have you given up?

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      Sugar-free Recipes - Cheesecake, Brownies and Ice Cream? Oh boy.

      If you think you can't indulge your love of sweets because you must limit your sugar intake, think again. The Everything Sugar-Free Cookbook contains 300 scrumptious recipes that are fun to make, including:

      * New York-Style Cheesecake

      * Banana Brownies

      * Orange Mousse with Blueberries

      * Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

      * Family Ice Cream, and more

      NOTE: This cookbook does use Splenda as the sweetener, so if you are diabetic, I suggest the other cook book.

      So... any success eating Low Fat and/or Sugar Free? - Share your favorite "Good for You" food

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have recently gone sugar free for health reasons. For some great diabetic cooking recipes, visit Learn Diabetic Cooking.

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Angel blessing from the sugar angel.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Really awesome lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 5/7/2011. Have a great day!

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          CarolynPile 6 years ago

          Pillsbury makes a very good sugar-free brownie mix. They have it at Target.

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          sdtechteacher 6 years ago

          This is a great lens. It's hard to choose between low fat and sugar free.

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          Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

          White sugar is poison but everyone in the world uses it.

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          pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

          Congratulations on your Purple Star and added to my Purple Star Lensography

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          tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

          I don't do substitute anything - I don't believe in messing with what nature provides. :-)

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          Lemming13 6 years ago

          In my case sugar free isn't about weight loss, it's about bodily intolerance to processed sugars; I don't generally fuss over much about weight and health issues. My aunt was totally ruled by her healthy eating program, she stuck religiously to five-a-day, low fat, low cholesterol, you name it. Her quality of life was really reduced by her fretting over foods, until her unexpected death from cancer. Eat what you like and can digest, in moderation, and you'll live a lot happier.

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          Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

          Nice one :)

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          Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

          Great debate. It seems that it's usually one or the other with diet products, not both. If the product is low fat, the sugar is high. If it's sugar free, it could be high in fat. I think it's best to just have a piece of fruit! At least you know what you're getting.

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          AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

          I definitely have felt healthier since cutting down on sugar.

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          June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          I try to keep both sugar and fat to a minimum, but if I HAVE to choose, I pick sugar free. There are sugar substitutes that work okay.

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          poutine 7 years ago

          added to the following lenshow to have sexy arms like The First Lady

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          poutine 7 years ago

          I kind of like the Jell-O sugar free,but that's about it.The low fat cheese: I rather not have any.

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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          Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

          Low fat is not something we do all the time but we are aware of the fat in our diet...and we have developed a few little life habits like not frying food, only putting one spread on bread.

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          JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I don't know what to choose, but I have to say that the taste-free, oops, I mean, sugar-free geletin I was eating while reading this page sure needed some sugar! :)

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          LoKackl 7 years ago

          SquidAngel Blessed!

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          LoKackl 7 years ago

          If I need to take off a few pounds I leave off sugar for a week or so. Then, voila!! I feel better, too.

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