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What's really in low-fat products?
Low-fat products are likely to be low in fat but are often replaced with high sugar content.
Nutrition is a confusing world for many people, what to eat, what not to eat, what foods improve weight loss, what foods reduce cancer. Many stories told in the media especially are biased and of little substance, I'm here to tell you the facts.
Fat has always been labeled as the baddy whereas sugar has not attracted the headlines as much. So what’s worse? Fat or sugar? Well the answer is they are both as bad as each other.
Society today has accepted the fact the fat is bad, which affects what we buy. We are more attracted to buy the low fat option over the regular option because it is perceived and labeled healthier. By choosing the low fat option, we believe that it is the healthier option helping us to satisfy our guilty conscious. But where most people fail, is to identify the total amount of calories in that food and the amount of sugar. Sugar hasn't had nearly as much media attention, our body has limited storage in our muscles and liver so it can be converted into glycogen for energy. An athlete can utilize that sugar as an energy source that can be burnt off quickly. But for everyone else any excess sugar is converted and stored as fat. Let me give you an example.
Vinaigrette salad dressing (full fat) verses the low fat vinaigrette dressing which is worse? Well the low fat option contains a whooping 3 1/2 times more sugar compared to the regular option.
Our food labeling is the real problem; I'm going to talk about this in my next article. Fat can be put into two categories, bad fats (trans-fats and saturated) associated with high cholesterol, obesity and coronary heart disease and the good fats (polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids) do the opposite.
Another great example which of these three foods contain more sugar?
• A jam doughnut
• A mars bar
• A low fat muller rice pot
Did you think the doughnut? Well in actual fact, its the low fat muller rice pot, it contains 6 teaspoons more sugar than the jam doughnut and four teaspoons with the mars bar respectively.
In conclusion, to get a true reflection of what foods will do more damage to your health, compare the low fat option against the regular fat version, specifically looking at calorie content and sugar. In my new book 'Move it or Lose it' I talk about the importance of regulating your sugar intake using the glycemic index, detoxification as a way to rebalance blood sugar levels and the importance of good fats.
Move it or Lose it’ available to download your first 3 chapters absolutely free www.xclusivecorporatefitness.com
Adam Strong is a Corporate Personal Trainer, Athlete and International Author of his groundbreaking new book called ‘Move It or Lose it’ available through Amazon, Waterstone’s and Barnes & Noble. His book is written for corporate executives that want to address their hectic lifestyles that often lead to burnout, unhealthy behavior habits and poor performance.
His company Xclusive Corporate Fitness specializes in working with executives and companies in achieving peak performance in the corporate world. He has created a methodology that uses techniques in stress management, fitness, mindset and nutrition to enhance physical and mental well-being.
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