Kitchen Chemistry: Low Fat

Find out about fats and low fat food

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BiscuitsFats are an important part of a healthy diet but you’ve probably seen low fat foods around – they’re for people who are trying to eat more healthily, or lose weight.

Creating low fat food though is no easy task! The fat content of food plays an important role in the structure, texture and flavour of that food. That’s why low fat food can look and taste a bit different.

Why not try a taste test experiment, and compare a low fat biscuit with a normal one to see the difference for yourself? You might find that the low fat biscuit tastes more sugary.

And perhaps the low fat biscuit is a bit more crumbly. This is because fat molecules give food a smooth texture, and so when the amount of fat is reduced, the texture changes too!

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