Welcome back! This week I am continuing the ‘Debunking Nutritional Myths’ blog series. There is so much misinformation about nutrition so my goal over the next few weeks is to help you work out what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ when it comes to making choices at the supermarket. Make sure you read each week so you can be confident that the future food purchases you make are the best for you (and your family’s) health and weight.
Myth #2 – Eat A Low Fat Diet for Long Lasting Heart Health
I am sure all of you will remember growing up thinking ‘fat is bad’. Around about the mid-70’s (when the no-fat Pritikin diet was all the rage), campaigns by health organisations such as National Heart Foundation focused on targeting fat as public enemy number one. Yes, fat was evil and its consumption would clog up your arteries and eventually kill you. In response to fat fear mongering, food manufacturers started making low fat alternatives to everyday supermarket foods: dairy-products, biscuits & muesli bars, sauces & dressings. cereals…basically everything. As the consumer was ‘scared’ of fat, sales of low-fat products went through the roof – and so did obesity levels!
Why did people gain weight eating low fat foods? Quite simply because to make a low-fat food, the fat ‘removed’ from the food needed to be replaced with something – so no-fat sugar was considered to be a healthier option. So while fat levels were non-existent, sugar levels in food increased significantly, creating the blood sugar/insulin levels imbalance problem (see last week’s blog for more information: https://loseweightwithsue.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/debunking-nutritional-myths-part-one/ ). You see, excess fat doesn’t make you fat and is vital for good health: it is critical for proper brain function, energy and processing important fat soluble vitamins A,D,E,K. It is true that some fats are better than others, but good ones (like monounsaturated fats) need to be part of your daily diet.
Really, healthy eating isn’t rocket science – The Natural Way is all about taking you back to basics and getting you to enjoy good, healthy meals that your whole family will love. As you lose weight, we educate you on food and lifestyle, so once you are at goal, you will know how to keep your weight off. Call your nearest clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) and book your FREE appointment to find how to be a brand new you.
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