The term low fat is always associated with health or healthy foods. Our minds are set to think that since the label says low fat then it’s a quick way to cut off the extra calories. Generally, low fats are good for your health, but some aren’t much better for you than their full-fat counterparts. For example, fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, and definitely good for you but low-fat cookies are not a nutritious choice at all. Basically, what manufacturers do is that they remove fats from certain foods but then they add sugar to improve the taste. These are the low-fat foods that are bad for you.
Low-Fat Flavored Coffee Drinks
Black coffee is among the healthiest drinks since it contains antioxidants that guard the heart and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s also rich in caffeine that improves mental and physical performance. However, low-fat flavored coffee can affect the brain negatively.
For example, a 16-oz nonfat mocha has two grams of fat but a whopping 33 grams of sugar making a total of 57 percent calories. You’re advised to stick to black coffee, black or green tea or water.
Low-Fat Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt has been a reputable healthy drink for ages. Studies have linked plain yogurt with weight loss and improved body composition. But low-fat flavored yogurt is nothing but sugar-sweetened yogurt to improve its quality. In fact, research says that low fat or nonfat yogurts are high in sugar as a dessert. An example is eight ounces (240 grams) of fruit-flavored yogurt which has 47 grams of added sugar equivalent to over 12 teaspoons. This is even higher than a chocolate serving which has 38 grams of sugar.
Low-Fat Salad Dressing
Salad dressing is meant to increase the flavor of raw vegetables hence promoting nutritional value. Traditional salad dressings are naturally high in fat which encourage the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Eating these fats also helps your body to absorb antioxidants from foods such as leafy greens, tomatoes, and carrots. Therefore, low-fat salad dressing contributes to no health benefits in the body. They contain preservatives and lots of added sugars. Go for plain olive oil and vinegar salad dressings which are healthier. Alternatively, there are other healthy alternatives to choose from.
Low-fat muffins appear healthy to many people and a better alternative for a baked good. But this isn’t the case because they have substituted fat with sugar. A 71-gram, low-fat blueberry muffin contains 19 grams of sugar which add up to 42 percent of the total calories. What’s more, the above sugar quantity is for a much smaller muffin that you won’t find in most coffee shops. Additionally, low-fat muffins are extremely low in fiber and they are high in glycemic index (GI). High GI foods tend to raise blood sugar quickly increasing hunger that encourages overeating leading to weight gain.
Cookies should be taken as an occasional treat just like ice cream and muffins. Low-fat cookies aren’t any different from cookies. Research shows that low-fat cookies are not satisfying compared to the original version. Just like other low-fat foods, these cookies are high in sugar summing up to 55 percent of total calories. Plus, all low-fat cookies are made of refined flour which is unhealthy. If you must eat cookies go for the original ones occasionally.
Low-Fat Sandwich Spread
An example of a low-fat sandwich spread is margarine which isn’t the best choice. They might be less in fat than the original spread like butter but they contain highly processed vegetable oil that isn’t good for your health. Avoid light spreads marketed as “heart healthy” because most have trans-fat which is associated with inflammation, obesity and heart disease. Instead, consume a modest amount of butter or healthy mayo rather than processed low fat spreads.
Low-Fat Sweetened Breakfast Cereal
Morning cereals are a great way to start your day. On the label, you will see things like low fat and fortified with vitamins and minerals. The packaging also claims that the cereals ‘contain whole grains.’ Yet, most cereals are loaded with sugar and if you’re keen you will note that sugar is always listed in the ingredients section among the top three meaning it’s present in large amounts. Even worse, it isn’t just white sugar you should be worried about. White sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and honey all contain fructose. And as we know excess amounts of fructose are connected to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, among other health problems.
All low-fat foods should be avoided because they have extra sugar that leads to excessive hunger, weight gain, and diseases. Also, take note of the terms, “fat-free,” “low fat,” “light” and “reduced fat”, which are all used to attract you into buying them. Avoid them completely and opt for the original version. Generally, you should keep the amount of fat in your food low but not extra low, down to about 30 percent. In addition to that, it’s important you eat healthier fats that are cholesterol free. Examples of healthier fats are monounsaturated fats like olive and canola oils. Moreover, fats from fatty fish like salmon are heart friendly.
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