Low-fat is not the best option for a healthy diet

Low-fat is not the best option for a healthy diet

One of the worst food ‘fads’ introduced in the 20th century was the low-fat diet craze. Now before you get all defensive and say ‘but fat is fattening and we all need to eat less calories’, let’s look at it from another angle. Let’s take a look at a so-called healthy food such as low fat yoghurt. Natural, healthy, good for you is what you may be fooled into thinking. Well, unfortunately you’d be wrong. 

The problem with low-fat yoghurt is that manufacturers add more sugar to make up for the lack of taste. Researchers behind a new $40million dollar nutrition project say that sugar, and other additives, encourage insulin-resistance, which can result in weight gain and Type II diabetes. Unfortunately, effective marketing campaigns have brain-washed dieters into believing that ‘low-fat’ is better for them.

They say this trend applies to all low-fat food options, from breakfast cereals to salad dressings, which many people wrongly assume are healthier than the classic versions.

Talking at Stanford University last year, Dr Attia of Nutrition Science Initiative revealed that a low fat, organic fruit yoghurt had virtually no fruit content so colouring, flavourings and sugar are added to create a low-fat product that is high in calories!  He added that one of the worst offenders is high fructose corn syrup, a processed sweetener and preservative.

So get back to eating ‘real’ food such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish!

If you’re fed up with dieting and looking to change the way you eat in the long term, which is a far better plan than going on a ‘diet’, you’ll love this 21-Day Diet Detox programme. This plan will help you stay healthier and fitter and slowly introduce you to good foods to eat while weaning you off all the nasty stuff!

Refs:  http://nusi.org/www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-makes-you-fat-too-many-calories-or-the-wrong-carbohydrates