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The Food and Drug Administration has recently released a new guidance on the health effects of low-carb foods.
The FDA defines low-fat, low-sugar as “a diet that does not contain more than 8 percent carbohydrate, 10 percent protein and less than 3 percent fat.”
The agency has also said that “the consumption of low fat foods, particularly those with fewer calories than the average American diet, is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
However, it also says that it is possible to consume foods with higher fat content.
What we know about how to make a low-calorie, low fat mealThe low- and no-carb options on the market vary, but the most common low- carb options are:Low-fat: One cup of white rice, one cup of brown rice, two cups of black rice, three cups of low sugar breads, one serving of white bread, one slice of white cheese, one small serving of low protein or no-fat yogurt, one medium serving of sweet potato, or two small servings of rice and one serving or more of low fiber fruits and vegetables.
Low-sucrose: One medium cup of low sucrose cornbread, one half cup of cornbread with fruit, one large portion of low sweet potato chips, one tablespoon of low carbohydrate cornbread chips, or one serving.
Low carb: One serving of a low carb meal with one serving each of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables and a serving of fruit juice.