Firstly let me clarify, I am not trying to say that foods that are low in fat are bad, because there are lots of fresh foods that are naturally low in fat and also nutritious and delicious. The foods that I do have a deep mistrust of though are the chemically processed foods that label themselves as ‘fat free’.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I actively avoid highly processed food products. There are so many chemicals pumped into them in order to make them last longer, taste better (though this is debatable) and become ‘fat free’, that what you are eating is so far removed from its natural state that it is actually quite disturbing.
Ok back to the point; ‘fat free’ labelled products may seem like a good idea if you are being cautious of your calorie intake, however don’t be fooled! Often ‘fat free’ also means that it is packed full of processed sweeteners, such as refined sugar or even worse; high fructose corn syrup.
Swapping fats for sugar will only hinder your progress, as well as impact upon your health. The reality is that we all need good fats in our diet because they are an important part of healthy nerve, brain and heart function as well as being essential in cell development. They are an energy source used to fuel your body, as well as being necessary in the absorption of other essential nutrients, including antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E and K.
Another benefit of having healthy fats in your diet is their ability to leave you feeling satiated. This means you will feel full, satisfied and energised for longer periods of time.
So don’t get sucked in by the ‘Fat Free’ advertising. Remember to read the content before you purchase, or better still opt for fresh foods that have not been chemically processed!