We recommend choosing full-fat products on the Second Nature programme, as these help to keep you feeling fuller for longer and more satisfied after your meal.
In addition to this, low-fat or no-fat products often contain added sugar to enhance the flavour.
If you prefer the taste of low-fat products, such as low-fat yoghurt, skim milk, or low-fat mayonnaise, it's ok to continue to eat these. However, make sure you check the food label for any added sugars.
Remember that added sugar may be disguised under less obvious names in the ingredients list, such as agave nectar, apple juice concentrate, barley malt syrup, cane juice, crystallised fructose, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, molasses, sucrose, and treacle.
The other ingredient to keep an eye out for in low-fat or no-fat products are artificial sweeteners. Some common sweeteners you may have come across include Stevia, Aspartame, Sucralose, or sugar alcohols like Xylitol or Erythritol.
Although sweeteners don't provide any additional calories, they can increase our cravings for sweet foods and leave us feeling hungry.