Low Fat Food Items

Wednesday, 13 July 2005 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

What makes us fat? Most modern studies show that it’s not the fat you eat. It’s what your body converts to fat on you because of what you eat, how little you exercise, or both. Some say it’s carbs, some say it’s calories, some say both. Most people would NOT say you get fat because of the sodium content of the food. :)

My personal experience is that it’s the calories more than anything. If you are vegetarian, if you eat no carbs and all meat, if you eat no wheat, if you eat low sodium, you can still put on weight if you’re not watching calories (which some people call portion control). I tried Atkins and ate nearly zero carbs, but didn’t notice that many of my meals were a zillion calories. So I didn’t lose weight until I counted calories.

So what’s the reason for so many foods being labelled as "low fat," "lite," and "fat free"? Who is helped by these? If I eat a serving or two of something that’s fat free, I might still take in more calories than I mean to for my entire day. Bread is 110 calories a slice. Pasta is 200 calories for a traditional serving. Milk is 120 calories for a serving. Breakfast cereals can be 190 calories a serving. And most people don’t eat a serving because you probably won’t feel satisfied on half an ounce of Honey Nut Toasted Os cereal.

Filling labels with claims about fat is bad marketing. It’s making people feel these are healthier or will inspire weight loss. You can gain weight on these products. If you’re diabetic, you can be eating sugar even in "low carb" items.

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