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Old Yesterday, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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That leaves more for us! Ever compare whole milk ricotta to part-skim? Big difference in taste. Same goes for sour cream.
What's even more interesting is that the calorie difference is usually quite small. For instance, a serving of full-fat sour cream has 60 calories, while reduced-fat sour cream has 50 calories. That's almost nothing. So clearly, something was added to replace the fat taken out. And whatever it is, it's usually not as healthy as the fat taken out. But because we once had a nationwide anti-fat hysteria, we still believe that reduced-fat is better than full-fat.
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Old Yesterday, 08:07 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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What's even more interesting is that the calorie difference is usually quite small. For instance, a serving of full-fat sour cream has 60 calories, while reduced-fat sour cream has 50 calories. That's almost nothing. So clearly, something was added to replace the fat taken out. And whatever it is, it's usually not as healthy as the fat taken out. But because we once had a nationwide anti-fat hysteria, we still believe that reduced-fat is better than full-fat.
Let me premise this first by saying that I drink diet coke because I don't like the taste of regular coke and can't stand pepsi anything, nor do I eat fast food burgers. It kills me when folks order fast food with a diet drink, because they think it is more "healthful".
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Old Yesterday, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Let me premise this first by saying that I drink diet coke because I don't like the taste of regular coke and can't stand pepsi anything, nor do I eat fast food burgers. It kills me when folks order fast food with a diet drink, because they think it is more "healthful".
It kills me when this kills people, because less calories is better than more calories. Just because somebody eats a burger and fries, does not mean they want to have an extra 300 calories in an extra large coke.
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Old Yesterday, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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Whenever I see descriptions of food components on Taco Bell menus, I see a pattern. If anything contains sour cream, it's always reduced-fat sour cream. Why?

First off, Taco Bell is far from a healthy food joint, and they make no bones about it, either. Their foods contain high-fat ground beef, nacho cheese sauce, refried beans, rice cooked in oil, greasy taco shells, etc. But the sour cream is reduced-fat. With everything being quite unhealthy, does it really make a difference to use reduced-fat sour cream? Especially with the new studies out, saying that full-fat dairy is healthier than low-fat dairy. Along with the fact that crema (variant of sour cream) in authentic Mexican dishes is usually full-fat.

Is there any benefit, to Taco Bell or to the consumer, in using reduced-fat sour cream? Is it cheaper than normal sour cream? Does it mesh better with other ingredients? Or it a "health halo" thing, like ordering a triple bacon cheeseburger, extra large fries, and a Diet Coke?
IMO, there is no benefit.
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Old Yesterday, 09:00 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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It kills me when this kills people, because less calories is better than more calories. Just because somebody eats a burger and fries, does not mean they want to have an extra 300 calories in an extra large coke.
People who tend to do this are eating fast food on a daily basis, so overall it really does nothing but make them feel better about their eating habits. I know people that do this, they really don't care about less calories. I'll even bet they don't care about their daily caloric intake. After we no longer lived with my maternal grandmother (Oma), fast food was my normal daily diet. As a kid, I didn't know any better and my mother was a horrible cook. Convenience was her most important consideration, not health. That is why she and my pediatric doctor were discussing the reason for my asthma while each smoked a cigarette. I am the only person in my family that didn't smoke.
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Old Yesterday, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Anything that helps us feel better about it.

Same reason I order a Big Mac meal with Diet Coke. It's -something~
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Old Yesterday, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Anything that helps us feel better about it.

Same reason I order a Big Mac meal with Diet Coke. It's -something~
If you think about it that is pretty funny: Diet coke with a Big Mac. I am not criticizing you at all; it just is pretty funny how we all think sometimes.
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Old Yesterday, 01:22 PM
 
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It's cheaper.
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Old Yesterday, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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People who tend to do this are eating fast food on a daily basis, so overall it really does nothing but make them feel better about their eating habits. I know people that do this, they really don't care about less calories. I'll even bet they don't care about their daily caloric intake. After we no longer lived with my maternal grandmother (Oma), fast food was my normal daily diet. As a kid, I didn't know any better and my mother was a horrible cook. Convenience was her most important consideration, not health. That is why she and my pediatric doctor were discussing the reason for my asthma while each smoked a cigarette. I am the only person in my family that didn't smoke.
I don't agree that this is the only reason people do this or that you know about how much fast food all of the diet coke orderers are eating.
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Old Today, 04:55 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I don't agree that this is the only reason people do this or that you know about how much fast food all of the diet coke orderers are eating.
I never claimed it to be the only reason and it would be pretty stupid on my part to claim I know what food is ordered with diet drinks.
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