Diet x Light

Diet x Light

How do you know if you are making or consuming a light or diet product?
I remember there was a gentleman, very smart, who always passed the door of the company I worked selling delicious mousses. I generally refused his offers, to maintain the diet, you know. One day he said to me “No girl, rest assured that everything is diet!”. I was suspicious but I still bought one of your mousses to try. On my first spoonful I felt that delicious taste of sugar. I warned him that it was not right for him to say that his products were diet, as it was obvious that there was too much sugar in that recipe. Here the smart guy answers me: “No girl, but there’s almost nothing of fat!”. Another lie, because the cream there prevailed. Well, I was sure he didn’t know what was diet or light. But this is a very common confusion.
Diet
Diet products are those made for those who have some type of food restriction, such as carbohydrates, gluten, fat, protein or sodium and cater to specific groups of individuals such as diabetics and celiacs, among others. One example said is diet chocolate, which is made without added sugar. Generally, labels should indicate which nutrient has been removed or replaced from its formula.
Light
Light products do not have a total exemption of certain nutrients, but a smaller amount. Light foods have a maximum of 40kcal / 100g (solids) and 20kcal / 100ml (liquids) and the label must present a nutritional table comparing light and normal foods. In general, the reduction of a certain nutrient should be at least 25% in relation to the common food. These are products that were developed for people who care about their health and want to consume smaller amounts of salt, sugar, fat, etc.
Another interesting point is that they end up associating diet products in diets to lose weight, but, one must always be aware of the nutritional value of the food. For example, diet chocolate, which does not contain sugar but remains greasy as fat is essential for flavor (since it will have no sugar) and texture.
Per Talitta Albuquerque

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