Product labels can be deceiving. You may think “low-fat,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “non-fat” are going to be healthier options, but quite the opposite is true.
Just because a product is labeled “fat-free” or “low-fat” doesn’t mean it’s healthier or lower in calories. In fact, most low-fat or fat-free foods will have added sugar and chemicals to make up for the loss in taste. If a processed food is advertised in a way to make it sound healthier, chances are it’s probably not.
Read on for some of the many reasons “reduced-fat” options are NOT healthier:
- Our bodies require healthy fat
Healthy fats are essential to help your body absorb certain vitamins and nutrients, protect your heart, and even fight inflammation in the body. Avocado, natural nut butters, and oils such as coconut or MCT are all going to be better options vs. a fat-free cookie or low-fat ice cream. These reduced-fat options are made with chemicals, sugar, and additives that your body does not recognize and won’t be able to digest properly.
- Full-fat products are actually healthier
If a product is labeled with “reduced-fat,” “fat-free,” or any of the like – there will be hidden ingredients and chemicals in that product that can do more harm than good. Yes, they do have less fat according to their nutrition labels – but since fat is what gives food its flavor, manufacturers have to add artificial ingredients and chemicals to make up for the lack in taste. These chemicals can be in the form of high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, free glutamates, diglycerides, xanthan gum, and more. They not only mess with our bodies hormones, but can make losing weight even more difficult.
- They can affect your weight loss goals (negatively!)
By subbing out full-fat foods for lower fat options, you are essentially replacing sugar for fat. These sugar and chemical substitutes can wreak havoc on your digestive systems and even contribute to weight gain in the long run. Don’t be deceived, just because a can of Pringles or ranch dressing says “fat-free” on the label – does not mean it is going to do you any favors in your weight loss efforts.
So how can you help end the “low-fat” fad and avoid being misled by food marketing scams?
- Avoid processed foods in favor of whole-food options.
- Knowledge is power! Learn more about hidden sugars by watching “Fed Up” – a documentary examining the food industry and the real reasons why we gain weight
- If you can’t understand the ingredients, don’t buy it.
- Read your ingredient labels and stick to the fewest amount of ingredients, not the fewest grams of fat!
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