How Do Foods That Advertise Low-Fat, Lite or Non-Fat Benefit You?

Why should you avoid the food terms “lite” or “low-fat” in what you buy and eat?  Forty years ago, there was a campaign started to produce non-fat and low-fat versions of the traditional foods we eat.  And people think it means they can eat as much of this type of food as they desire to eat, after all, the fat has been reduced!

Why should anyone gain weight if they eat this way?  I thought the same way years ago, until I did my own research.

By Reducing The Amount Of Fat In A Product, How Does That Make People Fat?

Removing the fat from foods doesn’t necessarily make them non-fattening. Certain carbohydrates can make you fat and many “non-fat” and ” low-fat” foods increase the sugars to make up for the lack of taste.

This campaign began in the 1970’s and people have been eating an additional 500 calories a day, most in the form of refined carbohydrates as sugar. It is better to eat the “real” thing than to binge on the “low-fat”, “lite”, or  “non-fat” version of foods. Eat the real thing but eat less of it.

Today, the average male is 17 pounds heavier and the average female is 19 pounds heavier than before this campaign started.

A Better Diet

Drink enough pure water daily for your body and limit the amount of coffee and sugary drinks.

• Eat fresh, unprocessed plants (fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds- eat a variety of different veggies)

• Limit the amount of meat or animal products (including dairy). Americans tend to take in more protein than is needed.

• Avoid processed foods and beverages, or only use them sparingly. If there are ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t eat it.

• Make time to be outside in nature, where vitamin D can be created and stored in the body.

• Cut down or eliminate all refined sugars and carbohydrates (like white flour, white rice, white sugar).

• Try to buy organic and/or locally grown (Farmers Market) fruits and veggies when you are able.

Use the right kind of oils to cook with – olive (for low heat), coconut oil, grapeseed oil or for high heat.

  When you do eat something “special” that you don’t ordinarily eat, don’t feel guilty. Enjoy it and move on.

written by Sheri Goddard, Menopause Coach – based on Food Rules by Michael Pollan

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