Don't Fall for Faux Claims

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If you think that certain phrases on the labels of foods mean they're healthy choices, think again. Get down with the lingo before buying something that looks like it's a boon to your health. Don't think it's all good if you see the words "all natural" - after all, saturated fat is "natural;" that doesn't mean it's good for you. Many "all-natural" foods still can be high in fat, sugar and sodium, so don't be fooled.

Foods labeled "cholesterol-free" are pulling a fast one on you, too. Many are high in saturated fat, and cholesterol only comes from animal sources (meat , eggs, seafood and dairy). Fat-free doesn't mean calorie-free. Eating a low-fat diet is a smart idea, but eating foods simply because they're labeled "fat-free" can be a diet pitfall. High-calorie, sugary sodas are fat-free, as are many candies.