The Fat Free Myth

Now-a- days, it seems like the majority of our foods is fat-free.

Everything from candy to ketchup to that fat-free latte, everything is fat free! It’s easy to believe that if it’s fat-free, then it can’t be bad for us, and our diet is intact. Well this statement is far from the truth.

Just because a food is fat-free does not mean that what it is can’t be converted into fat by our bodies. For example, take a fat-free yogurt, if you look at the nutritional value you’ll see that it has zero fats, but is high in sugar. That sugar gets stored in the form of fat in our bodies.

A lot of times the fat-free version of a food might contain more carbohydrates than the full-fat version and contain about the same calories. Because carbohydrates are harder to break down, the body usually stores them in the form of fat.

Also, don’t be fooled by foods that claim to be “sugar-free,” you might find that these foods are high in carbohydrates and have added chemicals to give that sugary taste. The moral of the story is that just because something claims to be “fat-free” or “sugar-free” doesn’t necessarily make it a healthy choice.

Always look at the nutritional value of something, remember, modesty is the best policy!