Are You Still Eating Fat-Free and Low Fat Foods?February 7th, 2013
On Saturdays HSK will publish an article on diet, nutrition and general well-being, written by nutritional consultant and chef, Laura B. Leff. Know why? because a healthy body with a spiritual mind is a blessed soul.
I would like to clear things up about fat-free and low-fat foods. The hype around these foods started in the 80s and it still has a bit of a hold in the food industry.
Fat isn’t good for us, right? Wrong!
The issue around these foods is that you are stripping away the fat, which is the main satiating macronutrient. Fat assists in sending hormonal signals to our brain to let us know that we are satisfied. What happens when those signals aren’t met? You guessed it; you keep on eating because you’re not satisfied. Psychologically people tend to think that they can eat more of the fat-free or low-fat products, but in hindsight, you end up overeating and the body stores those extra calories as fat in the body. Causing you to become fatter. Crazy, huh?
Additionally, when food manufacturers take out the fat, which is flavorful, they have to replace it with something to make up for the lost flavor. Hmmm..take a wild guess as to what they are filling these foods with; predominately sugar and sometimes man-made food chemicals, like fake sugars (splenda, equal and sweet-and-low), and these days they’ve added transfats.
The overindulgence of sugar is making our world fatter and fatter. It also plays a role in the diabetes epidemic of our country. A quote from WebMD: “More than half of all Americans may develop diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2020, unless prevention strategies aimed at weight loss and increased physical activity are widely implemented, according to a new analysis”. Now, to be clear, sugar isn’t the only culprit to obesity and diabetes, but it is a huge, influencing factor.
So, why do these companies keep selling fat-free and low-fat foods if they’re not good for you and are actually doing the exact opposite of what they claim to do (help you to lose weight)? Well, I don’t think you need to be a rock scientist to figure this one out, but I’ll make it easy for you. It sells! It’s all about the benjamins! Therefore, I encourage you to reach for the full- fat/natural foods that satiate, satisfy and provide you with numerous health benefits; such as healthy functioning hormones, healthy skin and hair, and protection of cellular health.
Enjoy your food, eat slowly, mindfully and delightfully!
Cheers & Be Well
Laura Leff, MS, HN