For years, fat free or low fat foods were all the rage. People thought it was simple to lose weight and stay healthy by choosing these fat free or low fat foods. But often, they still gained weight or couldn’t lose the weight they were trying to lose. Unfortunately, just because a product has labels like fat free, low fat, light, non-fat, or reduced fat, that doesn’t mean it is healthier for you. Often these foods are processed and contain more sugar and chemicals to make them taste better because the fat has been removed or lessened. Marketing companies have gotten very good at tricking us into thinking unhealthy foods are actually healthy for us. But you can stop these tricks by getting informed!
Did you know that low fat foods come with many health problems instead of keeping you healthy? These problems can include gut issues, heart problems, lessened focus and brain fog, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances, weight gain and addiction to sugar and processed foods which makes you overeat and even a higher risk of diabetes.
Another reason to avoid low fat foods is that we actually do need healthy fats in our diets to improve brain, heart and gut function. You can get healthy fats from avocados, fatty fish, some nuts, coconut milk or coconut oil and many other foods. Think of it this way… what is healthier: a cookie with no fats made in a factory or an avocado with lots of fats grown from a tree? Obviously the avocado! Remember that healthy fats in foods do not equal fat in your body, contrary to what you’ve been told. Sugar and other chemicals in processed foods actually causes more fat in your body and more disease.
When shopping, to buy healthy items, follow these easy rules:
- If it has ingredients you can’t pronounce, avoid it. These are generally chemicals. Do your research before you hit the store.
- If it has more than 5 ingredients, really check the label to see what those ingredients are.
- Avoid chemicals and any processed foods.
- Shop on the outer areas of the grocery store. These generally contain produce, meat, whole grains and dairy.
- Go for full fat versions instead of low fat or fat free. Look for the lowest sugar content but keep in mind sometimes companies are now adding sugar alcohols instead of regular sugar. These aren’t good for you either! Avoid items with chemicals ending in -ose.
Do you regularly buy low fat or fat free foods? Did you know these facts on these types of foods? Will you now choose a different option? Share with us your thoughts!