Now before I start this blog, I feel given all the hype at the moment about food bloggers wrongfully sharing opinions on health, I should repeat that I’m not a qualified nutritionist, just a fitness and health enthusiast who has done a lot of research and been studying these subjects for a long time. However, feel free to take as much of the below as you like or don’t like!
The truth is, we were put in this ‘low-fat’ epidemic because of many world-renowned (qualified) dieticians and doctors so you can’t always trust the label anyway.
Low-Fat products – a revelation! They first started in the US when there was concern over increased rates of heart disease. A room full of people got together and decided this was down to fat consumption in our diets and therefore it must be stopped. After the message went global, food companies started to catch on and introduced Low-Fat products to help consumers reduce their fat intake.
I ate them myself, and did so up until around 3-4 years ago. That was before a lot of people, including yours truly, became a lot wiser as to what Low-Fat products actually contained and meant for our bodies.
To cut a very long story short – the fat was removed (or decreased) and the sugar content of these products sky rocketed in order to try and keep the same flavour and taste that the fat brought to them. This applies to almost everything from yoghurts to salad dressings to milk, sauces, cereals and ‘healthy’ breakfast bars. Just compare an Activia low-fat yoghurt with a full fat Total Greek yoghurt – that difference is rather shocking (about 3.5 times MORE sugar in Activia!)
We now know sugar is the one of the main causes of obesity and major health issues, not fat – incomes our huge and very scary diabetes epidemic.
So scary that in 2012, there were reported to be 371 million people worldwide affected by Diabetes! 3.7.1. MILLION people. And that number is still growing. The worst thing about it all in my opinion is that many diabetes cases were caused because of this wrong information fed to them. If we get told by the government that fat is bad for us, there’s not many people (who aren’t studying the subject) that would ignore the advice, hence, we all ended up eating loads of sugar!
Fat is not the enemy, in fact, it’s actually one of your best friends! Avocados, coconut oil, nuts and rich oily fish are just a few of the dubbed “Superfoods”. They nourish the body, keep you feeling full which prevents snacking on unhealthy foods, and they release a slow and steady supply of energy enabling you to keep sharp and concentrate throughout the day. Yes, fat is somewhat calorific but as you’ll know from my past blogs, calorie quality is far more important than the quantity.
One of the keys to healthy weight-loss is to embrace nutritious fats and reduce sugar intake if you want anything resembling a healthy, lean and toned body. Most low-fat products are not the answer as they are full to the brim with additives and sugars which certainly do not help our beach bodies! Just to make it deliciously simple, I’ve listed below the foods which are great to have, full of healthy fats and other nutritious ingredients.
What to EAT?
Nuts – almonds, walnuts brazil nuts and cashews are all great high-fat snacks that will keep the body fuelled, and full!
Avocados – and lots of them!
Cheese – although it’s not on the superfood list, a little full-fat cheese won’t do any harm. Besides, who doesn’t love cheese night!?
Eggs – Rich in protein and healthy fats. Always include the yolk as well as the egg whites to get the best of both worlds.
Smoked fish – As a snack, this can work really well. Flake up the fish with some oatcakes or whole-wheat crackers for a filling pick-me-up!
Coconut – One of my favourites. You may not want to snack on a tbs of oil, but fresh coconut meat is a really refreshing alternative to high-sugar snacks.
The key is to step away from low-fat products (given you don’t have any pre-exisiting medical conditions that requires a massively reduced fat intake – and even then, there are likely better ways) and in doing so, you will reduce your sugar intake without even realising.
I hope you found this feature useful and if you have any questions about low-fat products or otherwise, please comment below and will do my best to help!