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Fat replacers are nonfat substances that act like fat in a food. An ideal fat replacer would be a substance that has no health risks and tastes and looks like natural fat but has fewer calories. Fat replacers can be found in foods such as baked goods, cheeses, sour cream, yogurt, margarine, salad dressing, sauces, and gravies.
Fat replacers are categorized into three basic types:
Fat replacers may not be listed by their brand names on the ingredient label, which makes it hard for people to identify them in the foods they buy.
If you want to use fat replacers, think about the following:
More research is needed on fat replacers. If you want to include fat replacers in your diet, talk with a registered dietitian.
Other Works Consulted
- International Food Information Council Foundation (2009). Questions and answers about fat replacers. Available online: http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Questions_and_Answers_About_Fat_Replacers.
- International Food Information Council Foundation (2009). Uses and nutritional impact of fat reduction ingredients. Available online: http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=IFIC_Review_Uses_and_Nutritional_Impact_of_Fat_Reduction_Ingredients.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator|
|Last Revised||January 25, 2013|
Last Revised: January 25, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
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