Fat free food products are popular among consumers because they think these products can help them lose weight. As a result, food companies are overloading grocery shelves with low calorie and fat free food products. A lot of food manufacturers claim that fat free foods are healthier than non-fat free foods. Unfortunately, their claims are misleading and can endanger our health.
First of all, a food that has a fat free label on its package does not mean that the food is totally free of fat. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling law allows food that is labeled fat free to contain less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving. The FDA does not specify how big the serving; therefore, food manufacturers can manipulate their food labels and make it seems like their food products are 100% fat free. For example, food manufacturers can make each serving very small so that each serving contains less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving. This creates the illusion that their food products contain little fat or no fat. If we add up all the servings, the food actually contains more fat than we may think.
The two paragraphs below are extracted from my book Natural Weight Loss Secrets.
“Fat” is a word that most of us shy away from because of how we are conditioned by mainstream media to hate this word. Since most of us see fat as a bad thing, food manufacturers could not wait to put fat-free logos on their food packages. Their fat-free marketing strategy has worked like a charm and it has made them billions of dollars.
Fat-free products may look healthier but usually refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients are added to make up for the fat flavor. Refined sugar is one of your body’s favorite things to convert into fat because it breaks down quickly, causing spikes in blood sugar levels. This causes your body to secrete certain hormones to help bring your blood sugar back into balance. Most of the time, the excessive blood sugar gets stored as fat by insulin. In certain ways, sugar may be worst than fat when it comes to weight gain.
Fat is a macronutrient; thus, we need large amounts of it for normal body function. However, not all fats are healthy for us. There are three main types of fat which are trans fat (found in fried food and processed food), unsaturated fat (found in nuts and olive oil) and saturated fat (found in meat, butter, dairy products and chocolate). The fats that we need to stay away from are the processed and trans fat. Trans fat was invented by scientist to prolong the shelf life of commercial food. Processed and trans fat are great at clogging our arteries.
Most of us have been conditioned to believe that all saturated fats are bad. This belief is simply not very accurate. The saturated fat that is good for us is free of synthetic chemicals and most environmental toxins. This type of saturated fat is usually found in animals that are raised on pasture farms or their natural environment. If saturated fat was as bad as they claimed, heart disease would be very common among Eskimos because they eat a lot of blubber, which contains large quantities of saturated fat. The secret is to consume natural saturated fats that are free of harmful synthetic chemicals.
Fat free foods are usually not healthy because most of them contain genetically modified food and harmful synthetic ingredients, unless they are labeled 100% organic. Most fat free foods available at conventional stores are loaded with refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that are great at causing weight gain. For these reasons, if you want to stay healthy and slim, it is best to avoid conventional fat free food.
Category: Processed Food