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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
If you want to use fat replacers, think about
More research is needed on fat replacers. If you want to include fat replacers in your
diet, talk with a
Other Works ConsultedInternational 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.
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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