Post # 1
I need advice! I am about to start a life style change in order to be able to look in the mirror and not be disgusted with myself. I have always bought low fat/no fat items, but have recently been hearing a lot more about not consuming these products as they are worse for you than full fat options due to more sugar/calories and being chemically altered. What is your opinion on them? Things in question are milk, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. Also, splenda/truvia vs real sugar. Should I just substitute raw honey? TIA!
Post # 3
It depends on the food. I never do no-fat stuff because I think it tastes awful and people need fat in their diets anyway. Fat makes things taste better so you’re satisfied quicker. If a serving of something full-fat has the same amount of calories as the low-fat version (because the low fat kind has added sugar) then I always go with the full fat. If it has less, then it depends on how I’m using the food. If I’m using it in a recipe where I probably won’t notice, then I buy the low-fat.
Post # 4
A lot of it depends on the *kind* of fat involved.
For something like, say, salad dressing, you are better off using real olive oil (for the healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats) with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, a dash of herbs, etc.
For dairy, which has more saturated fat, a lowfat version might be a good idea, especially if you consume a lot. If you only ever eat very small amounts of dairy, you might find a little bit of the regular version more satisfying.
I avoid anything labeled fat-free for exactly the reasons you stated – the fat has been replaced by chemical fillers, sweeteners, etc., and the food usually isn’t satisfying anyway so you end up eating a lot more (of something, at any rate) and shooting yourself in the foot.
For something like yogurt, I stay away from the prepared flavored yogurt (fruit or otherwise) and get (or, actually most of the time, make) plain unflavored yogurt. Then I put real fruit in it on my own.
For nut products, peanut butter, etc., I get the regular version as long as it’s organic. Peanuts are grown in the South, usually in rotation with cotton. Since cotton isn’t a food crop, farmers are permitted to use MUCH stronger levels of pesticide and herbicide on it, and those residues remain in the soil while the peanuts are growing in the alternating years.
There was a piece I saw on Huffington Post this morning that you might find interesting.
Post # 5
I’m not a big fan of low-fat/suger-free. Instead I monitor the kinds of fats I’m getting and the kind of sugar I’m getting.
Your body is aware, based on flavor, of how much you should be getting in calories. Not getting as many calories divorces this awareness, and you become hungrier to make back the calories your body is missing out on. http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/02/11/idINIndia-31866220080211
Some low-fat is OK: such a skim milk. The fat is removed, and the taste reflects that. However, low-fat/low-calorie/low-sugar that uses chemicals to add flavor actually causes you to overeat.
My favorite diet quote: eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
Eat what you prepare and make sure the fats and sugars that you are getting are fats and sugars that you feel comfortable adding (olive oil, honey, etc). Keep your food fresh and avoid perservatives.
Post # 6
Most of the low-fat or fat-free items are filled with chemicals to lower the fat content, calories, carbs, etc. If you really want to make a lifestyle change – try to eat clean, real foods – cut out processed items, chemicals, etc – look for things with natural fruits and vegetables, not substibutes. While some things may have more fat or calories than the “healthy” options, they are actually much better for you.
Milk and yogart are a little different – i usually use fat free or skim milk and low fat greek yogart – they don’t substitute chemicals to lower the fat content.
Post # 7
I typically opt for the low-fat option for the same reason as above :).
Post # 8
Real. It’s highly suspect that that we are getting fatter all the while we are consuming more of these reduced products. Clearly something isn’t working. I totally agree with @KCKnd2: breakdown. I’d rather eat less of something with full fat, than going with low fat.
Post # 9
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@Lolasmomma: Fat is good for you, in moderation. Pay attention to Fat Free items because they usually replace the fat with massive amounts of sodium and sugar which aren’t good for you either. Stick to measured servings of regular fat or reduced fat items.
Post # 10
I used to always buy low/no fat products. I’ve switched to regular products because sugar substitutes, etc. that make those products low/no fat are not good for you. Also, I find that they do not fill you up as much. Some fat is necessary and good for you. If you’re not someone who overeats, then eating regular fat foods will not make you gain weight.
I actually lost weight when I started eating “normal” foods and not all diet foods. Diet foods also make you feel you can eat more because they are lower fat/calorie. But, it really defeats the purpose.
I typically do skim options for milk and cheese though.
Post # 11
The food industry has come a long way in making fat free or low fat more palatable, and some arenas have fared better than others. However, they are typically bulking agents that while may be still derived from natural ingredients are used to only MIMIC the taste and mouthfeel of the replaced ingredient. IE – fat. Nothing replaces fat like MORE FAT!
My rule of thumb, If I can notice a huge different in eating quality, then I opt for the regular version. I just make sure that I don’t go CRAZY on that stuff.
I opt for things like hummus which naturally is high in protein and good for you and doesn’t have the low fat no fat options. You’re still satisfied. Much of what we crave is through the satisfaction of the textures and feel full factor. I just choose ones that are naturally better for you.
But just with anything else, moderation is key.
Just don’t eat like a cow, move your butt and you won’t be a cow.
Post # 12
@Lolasmomma: I never go low-fat or non-fat on something where the fat occurs naturally like diary or oils/nuts. I’ll try some non fat things here and there but usually (if you read the ingredients) if they take out the fat they add more sugar so it still tastes ok.
Post # 13
It depends on what product and the overal ingredient/nutritional table. Mainly my lower fat/no fat products tend to be dairy. For example, I do go fat free for yoghurt but I choose the greek kind which has more protein in the end (better for me). I make sure however that the calorie count is not higher than the regular product. Anything else I just buy regular or lighter options keeping the ingredient and nutritional information in mind of course.
Post # 14
I truly doubt people are not getting enough calories because they are using low-fat options. Count your calories for a week or two to see how you eat and where you fall along those lines.
Chemical fillers could be a real concern for some products. For others, like dairy, where the difference is the % milk fat, they are not adding other products to “make up” for the missing fat.
If you are talking about fats and sugars needing to be introduced into your diet, there are seriously other ways to go about this than buying full fat/sweetened products. Add some coconut oil to your recipe or have nuts. Eat fruit. Everything commercially produced (such as soups and cereals) is loaded with extra sugars.
If you’re serious about researching this, there are other places you can go to get better info than WB. I can’t imagine the responses you get here are going to be anything more than hearsay from food lobbyist propaganda.
Post # 15
Absolutely regular fat. I never touch low fat or fat free food, it’s processed and filled with chemicals and sugar.
Post # 16
Fat = lower glycemic index + feel fuller longer + tastes better (happy happy!) + you need those, for more than just energy.
Therefore you will like your food, not need as much of it to feel full, and your blood sugar will remain stable which also helps with fatigue/hunger.
Plus, calories are calories no matter where they come from- so you might as well make them count.