When you have made a weight loss goal, it seems like you will do anything to get rid of fat. Am I right? I know, because I too have been there, staring at food labels with “low fat,” “sugar-free,” and other lies printed on the carton. Yes, that is right. Low fat is a lie that needs to be avoided at all costs.
Let me explain why low fat is not necessarily your healthiest option:
“Low-fat” and “fat-free” foods are traps
Long ago, when the food industry started seeing the waistlines of people increasing and the demand for healthier options growing, they took out their chemistry sets and decided to whip up goodies that look and taste like their full fat counterparts but with more healthy looking labels.
Sadly, this brought about the invention of hydrogenated fats and oils—the ingredients where trans fats lurk.
Another harrowing detail is that, if you look at the ingredients of “low-fat” foods, you will find the presence of sugar alcohols, syrups, and other things that boosts the sugar content without lowering the calories in the slightest. Oh, and do not ignore the excess of salt either.
Now, you do not have to be a nutrition whiz to understand that when you have an excess of something in the body, the body converts it into fat for later. It does not matter if that excess is protein, carbohydrates, fat, sugar, or fat-soluble vitamins. So, even if the food is devoid of fat, you are still going to gain weight from too much sugar.
And all the extra sodium and nitrites floating around your system will induce heart problems.
Real Life Example
Next time you are at the grocery store and have accessed to pre packaged baked goods, like muffins, do me a favor and pick up the low fat version and the regular version for a quick comparison.
For example, I found a low fat cranberry and orange muffin the other day that was 300 calories. The regular muffin had 400 calories. But, the sugar content of the low fat muffin was 38 grams compared to the other one which was 30 grams. The “reduced fat” muffin had high fructose corn syrup, shortening, and about 150 more milligrams of sodium too.
I nearly dropped the muffins in shock.
Think About Good Fat
It may seem counterintuitive, but the body needs fat to lose fat. You cannot rid yourself completely of fat, because it is essential to a healthy system. But you can be smart about the fat you eat.
Good fats, known as MUFAs, PUFAs, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, maintain blood vessels, aid the nervous and endocrine system in proper functioning, and help with vitamin absorption.
Sources of good fat include:
- Nuts and seeds
- Avocado and avocado oil
- Coconut and coconut oil (in moderate amounts)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Dark chocolate
- Chia and flax seeds
Simply put, if you want baked goods, make them at home. Add in healthy fat alternatives, like avocado and EVOO to satisfy your sweet tooth while upping the nutrition. And always remember, just because something sounds healthy does not mean it is. Chemicals and other toxic substitutes will only harm you in the end.
Shop wisely, live healthily! Did you know al this?