I’m sure you know these kind of conversations. <enter food here> is good for you, it only has 2% fat! Well, here is a small lesson: that 2% fat usually is in weight, not in calories.
What do I mean ? Let’s take something that the entire world knows as being “low fat”: chicken breast. Not vegetarian, nor vegan, I know, but still, hear me out.
Too make it easy, let’s say you are eating 100g (3.5 oz) of chicken breast filet. That 100g equals 100 calories. So logically you would assume “2% fat” would equal “2 calories”. Now this is where you are WRONG.
The truth is: 2% fat equals 2 grams of fat. And 1 gram of fat equals 9 calories. So if you count back eating your 100 calories of nice lean chicken breast, you are eating 18 calories coming from fat. So basically, your 2% fat actually is 18% fat.
Next time you pick up something from the store that has “only 5% fat”, make sure if that 5% is from calories, or from weight, as it makes a huge difference.