If you are interested in the debate over the advantages of low-fat diets compared to other health disciplines, you may be interested in some of the points in this article. The basic premise behind low-fat diets is this: if we eat too much fat, we are harming our health, therefore eating lots of low-fat foods must be good.
The main elements in the dietary debate are that fats are not all created equal, sugar is more dangerous for our health than fat, and that the promotion of low-fat diets has given fats a bad name. We might benefit by examining these points in detail. Hopefully it will help you to make an intelligent choice of methods of dieting.
Low fat foods have been touted as the total solution to weight loss and health issues. It is true that fat supplies our bodies with twice the amount of kilojoules than contained in proteins or carbohydrates. Much of this energy is not used and is simply converted to body weight. In addition to this, saturated fat which is found in meat, dairy products and processed food raises our level of bad cholesterol which clogs our arteries. We can eliminate saturated fat from our diet by simply taking basic measures like cutting the fat from our meat.
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If we buy low-fat foods we are not always doing ourselves a favor. The main problem is that the companies who sell low-fat foods add sugar and salt to replace the taste that is lost when the fat is removed. And of course, salt plays a major role in high blood pressure. In fact many low-fat foods contain the same amount of kilojoules as those with the full quota of fat because the extra sugar can’t be used by the body, so it gets turned into fat. This is not a good thing.
As for sugar, we can get plenty of sugar from fruit. More than our body needs. But because most of us expect processed food to be tasty the manufacturer feels compelled to add the sugar. So we should all be reading the labels on processed food before we buy it.
So if we stick to eating fresh foods we are less likely to get overloaded with bad fats and sugar. And there are good fats. They are in fish, nuts, avocadoes and olive oil. As a bonus, olive oil helps our body to absorb nutrients. There are good carbohydrates as well – in wholegrain bread, beans and pasta.