Low Fat Versus Fat Free

A Summary

When doing your grocery shopping, you will easily find a low-fat or nonfat counterpart for a wide variety of foods, from dairy products to frozen food, and even junk food. However, these low-fat products can also trick you into overeating. If you have a package of low-fat cookies, you may think, "Well, I might as well have more since they are low fat." Meanwhile, the calories are adding up and your waistline is expanding.
Also, keep in mind that when fat is removed from a food, something has to be put in its place to make it at least somewhat pleasurable to eat. This often means replacing the fat with things like high-fructose corn syrup, salt, and artificial sweeteners. Check the food labels on these low-fat or nonfat products to see if they are filled with sugar and artificial ingredients.
Remember, your body needs some fat to function properly. So make those fat grams count with "healthy" unsaturated fats. Before reaching for those low-fat or nonfat products, think about what's better for your body. One serving of your favorite dessert may be more satisfying than three servings of a mediocre low-fat or nonfat counterpart. Try to focus on conscious eating, concentrating more on quality versus quantity.
While a low-fat diet full of nonfat or low-fat products may save you some calories, keep in mind that these products may contain ingredients that set you up for blood sugar imbalances and may lead to weight gain down the road. Learning how to find "good" fats and eating a balanced diet without processed foods can not only lead to weight loss, but can also develop into a lifestyle change that helps you keep that weight off.
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