Food packaging is often designed to trick consumers into buying the product, often on the premise that people believe it is the “healthier” choice. Labelling food products as “cholesterol free” can be a marketing tactic and actually holds no weight. Cholesterol is only found in animal products.
This means that meat, dairy, eggs, butter, etc. all contain cholesterol and it would be impossible for them not to. This also means that non-animal products like vegetables, fruits and grains naturally do not contain cholesterol. Ever see a bag of carrots labelled as “cholesterol free”? It is impossible for a carrot to contain cholesterol. Do not purchase food based on the cholesterol marketing.
Sugar Free Foods: Sugar Alcohols
Sugar-free foods – particularly sugar-free treats – contain sugar alcohols instead of simple sugars such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol. Sugar alcohols are designed to be sweet but not be absorbed, which means you taste the sweetness but do not absorb any calories. However, because they are not meant to be absorbed, sugar alcohols can cause diarrhea.
If you need to eat sugar-free foods due to a health concern, eat them in moderation (and according to recommended limits). If you do not need to eat sugar-free foods, skip them.