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17 Things Nutritionists Want You to Know About Calories

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16. Low-calorie drink options are not better

They may contain fewer calories than their original counterparts, but what they lack in calories they often make up for in artificial sweeteners, according to Kearney. “They have no natural flavor and could have [many] chemicals, which can cause inflammation,” she added. Those who consume these drinks can end up feeling bloated and craving sugar, Kearney explained.

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17. The calories number on the ingredient label is not so important

“Read the ingredient list first,” Kearney said. If there is anything on that list you don’t know what it is or what it means, you should probably leave the product in the store, she noted. After the ingredient list, look at the sugar, sodium, and fat content. “Fat should not be more than 10% of your daily calorie intake,” Kearney said. Make sure the product contains no trans fats, which raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart problems, according to the American Heart Association. This is just one of 28 dangerous things experts link to heart disease.

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