Low Fat Foods: The Hidden Risks
Low-calorie dieting doesn’t just lead to weight-gain. It can also cause major nutritional deficiencies.
It is hard to think of fat as a nutrient because of all the hype about how bad fat is for your health. But, some of the problems:
1) Low fat means high sugar content (check the ingredients on low fat food and remember high fructose corn syrup is sugar).
2) You gain back at least as much weight as you lost.
3) You can develop new health problems such as arthritis, chronic yeast infection and increased PMS.
4) Have you noticed that even though fat consumption has dropped, weight had gone up? Instead of eating fats, we’re overeating carbohydrates.
5) Low-fat dieting depletes our bodies of essential fatty nutrients. In reaction, our bodies signal us via cravings to eat more fats. But the kinds of fats in the junk foods that we binge on in response to those cravings do not satisfy our fundamental nutritional needs, and we actually put on weight as we become fat deficient.
6) The high carbohydrate contents of these diets convert directly to poor quality stored fat.
You have to realize: Every cell in the body is protected by a lining of fat. The brain is 60 percent fats. We all need the essential fat-soluble vitamin A & E that low-fat diets jeopardize. Some of the most dramatic functions of vitamins A & E are to maintain our immune system and our eyesight and to protect against stroke and liver disease.
7) Low Fat foods also contain more Trans-fatty acids.
Read our article on Essential Fatty Acids.
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