Ever since I can remember there’s always been talk about low-fat this and low-fat that. Fat has always been a taboo word. I’m too fat, my thighs are fat and the big one ‘fat is not good for you’. We were taught to avoid it at all costs which in turn sets up a huge guilt trip if you do have something that is full fat. Now the thinking is changing and not a moment too soon.
But low fat foods are highly processed and really have very little nutritional value to them. When the fat is taken out of something additives have to be included in order to stabilize that product. Manufactured stabilizers, thickeners, emulsifiers and sugar are added in to make product palatable and taste good. In fact they contribute towards storing fat in the body therefore doing the opposite of what you are trying to avoid. This in turn is not good for your well-being as you’re more than likely start berating yourself for not being able to lose the fat and therefore the weight.
If you keep a healthy balance of the amount of fat you eat you would actually be supporting your health and get rid of the guilt trips along with it.
Good fats include olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds and avocados as they contain fats that are good for you. Full fat in moderation is also okay as when you eat full fat foods they tend to fill you up quicker so you tend to have a smaller portion. However NHS guidelines allow for 20-30g of saturated fat a day for women and men accordingly so don’t go ladling on the double cream every day thinking it’s OK. A balanced meal is the key: protein, carbs and loads of green vegetables.
Good fats also provide essential fatty acids for your body, help your cells and boost your energy and metabolism.
Trans -fats are to be avoided as they can be harmful in your body as they can contribute to heart disease, adding pressure to your body by having to eliminate them. These are also found in ready-made meals and diet products i.e. 0% fat snack bars.
Try switching those low fat foods to something more wholesome, remembering to read the labels carefully also bearing in mind that not all products are listed if they fall below a certain percentage of content. Remember when you buy fresh foods and cook them yourself you are making positive healthy choices and avoiding the harmful additives. Again make a note of how this feels in your body.
What would you rather have an artificially made ‘low fat’ food or freshly cooked meal that you have created yourself because you care about what goes into your body and supports your wellbeing?