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The 2 big problems with the 'low fat' diet

Posted Sep 03 2010 3:31am

A lot of the health and weight issues that are currently wide-spread, have to do with our adopted attitude towards fat. The 'low fat' message is everywhere, nearly everything we eat has reduced fat content. What I am going to talk about today is the reason why 'low fat' is so bad for your health.

The assumption that fat is the 'bad guy' is based on 2 main things. First of all, fat has more than twice the calories per gram of carbohydrates or protein, and second, it seems logical that if you eat fat you will get fat. What we now know is that eating 'low fat' is in fact the problem. The government has spent hundreds of millions trying to prove its 'fat equals bad' theory. The reason for this is because there is a lot of money invested. Not only are foods that contain the labels 'low fat', 'reduced fat', 'fat free', etc huge sellers but also the foods we turn to in order to reduce our fat intake are cheap to produce and easy to distribute.

 

The 2 big problems with the 'low fat' diet

If you don't know a lot about nutrition then the assumption that fat makes you fat is perfectly logical. If eating less calories is the key to weight loss then fat must be the culpurate for your weight problems. This is because, as I mentioned earlier, fat has the highest level of calories per gram of all the 3 macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates). The only thing is that this idea that you need to eat a 'low calorie' diet for weight loss is just as much of a myth as needing to eat 'low fat'.


1. Fats are essential for your health

The polyunsaturated fats, which are the omegas 3 and 6, are essential for good health and must come from your diet. These unsaturated fats actually reduce the risk of stroke. Their flexible chemical structure reduces cholesterol levels in the blood and unblocks the arteries. The relationship between fat and heart disease is largely a man-made thing. The man-made fat, which are trans fats, have a hard, twisted chemical structure and this is what blocks your arteries.
Trans fats are found in fast foods, commercially baked goods and other hardened or thickened food products.


2. Low-fat means high-?

Unfortunately if a food is 'low fat' then chances are that it is high in something else. The most important thing when you go out and buy these foods, is that if it tastes good then it is more than likely bad for you. Fat provides taste, no fat equals no taste. So where does the taste in the delicious 'low fat' snack you are enjoying come from? The answer is added sugar. Carbohydrates have the largest impact on your weight, sugar is made up of 100% carbohydrate energy.

 

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