Fat free chocolate pudding or sugar free: which should you pick?

Chocolate pudding is something I’ve enjoyed since I was a young child but of course it now has all the things I can’t eat, namely fat and sugar. So I’ve been searching through pre-made pudding alternatives to see what’s out there.

Oddly enough, there are fat-free chocolate puddings and sugar-free chocolate puddings but no fat-free, sugar-free varieties that I can find. So if I want chocolate pudding these days, it becomes a matter of which do I fear more, eating a lot of sugar or a lot fat?

Fat free pudding or sugar-free pudding? Which would you pick?
Fat free pudding or sugar-free pudding? Which would you pick?

My answer has been to mix and match what I eat of this snack. Snack Pack brand’s sugar free pudding has 70 calories a cup with no sugar but 3 grams of fat. So two cups a serving is 6 grams of fat and 3 grams of saturated fat, not bad in my total daily allowance of 40 and 10 of each. This pudding also has 95 mgs of sodium a cup, or 190 mgs for the two, again not bad toward my daily allowance of 1,200.

Essential Everyday, a store brand sold at Jewel in the Chicago area, makes a fat-free pudding which has 13 grams of sugar per cup, quite high against a daily goal of 40 grams (worse against some calls for even less sugar per day for us). Oddly enough, it also has more sodium than the sugar-free version, 135 mgs a cup or 270 for two. Two cups is the minimum I will eat now. In days gone by I would polish off all four cups in a package or about 13 ounces.

On balance, the sugar-free variety has less bad things going for it (no sugar and less sodium), so I’d opt for that first.


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