Are Low Fat Foods Healthy is another great post from Carl Mason. Thanks sharing consistently good content with Everyday Gyaan readers, Carl.

Do you fill your shopping cart with low fat salad dressings, mayonnaise, yogurt, milk, cottage cheese and more believing that you are making healthy choices? Are low fat foods healthy, really?Many think they are, after all, “they” say they are! I have some bad news for you. You have been lied to and you are not alone! Millions of people have been trained to accept the lies that low fat means low calorie, that it help strip away that fat on your hips, thigh, butt or abs, that it is good for your health.

These low fat promises are clever. Consumers do not want to be FAT. Easy sales solution, remove the fat from their food; not a hard sale at all. It is simple supply and demand. The demand is for thinner waist lines and the supply is low fat options to familiar food. Sales pour in and profits mount up. All the while, the truths about the desperately poor nutritional value of these products go unmentioned, overlooked, forgotten in the ad campaigns not to mention that the consumer never achieves a lifestyle change.

It all adds up to a marketing scam, a ploy for high profits without authentic consideration for consumer wellness.

This crime against the consumer, as I believe it to be, is another topic. Today, my mission is a simple…to answer that question, “Are low fat foods healthy?” with an explanation of why low fat foods are in fact poor nutritional choices. And in that desire, I have compiled 3 reasons why you should NOT consume low fat foods. They are:

1. Fats help you to digest carbohydrates properly.
Carbohydrates consumed alone digest too quickly, causing a rapid spike in blood sugar and consequently a gain in weight. When combined with fat, however, the process of digestion slows down keeping blood sugar levels in check and allowing for maximum nutrient absorption.

2. Low fat foods replace the fat with sugar, salt and artificial ingredients.
When you take something away, like fat from yogurt, you have to replace it with something else to give it flavor and substance. That is sugar, salt and a plethora of other synthetic additives not to mention the preservatives. What you end up with is not a food source but a science project.

3. Low fat foods trick you into overeating and gaining weight.
Low fat foods and I use the word FOODS loosely, do not fill or satisfy your body. They leave it wanting more because it is nutritionally deplete. Since these products are perceived as healthy options, you go for another, then another and maybe still another.

The result is then overeating and weight gain empowered by a false perception of good nutrition.

Let’s be real. How many of you have failed to lose weight while eating low fat foods? You can’t figure out what the problem is. The culprit is likely all those low fat foods in your shopping cart. You keep buying them, keep eating them. The stealthy pretenders are undermining your wellness with every bite you take.

The simple truth is fat serves an extremely important purpose in the human body. Depriving your body of fat for the sake of not being fat is to deprive yourself of wellness. It is just that simple.

So next time you go to the grocery store ask and you reach for that low fat yogurt, ask yourself the question: “Are low fat foods healthy?” Then remember this article and do me a favor, leave it on the shelf. Instead opt for the real deal understanding that quality is more important than quantity. You’ll eat less, lose weight, build muscle and empower the body for authentic wellness. You’ll probably even save a few bucks.

~ Carl


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