5 Times You Should not Pick the Fat Free Option

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In the last decade, putting “low fat” or “fat free” on the label has become a major selling point for a variety of packaged products.

However, not only are healthy fats not bad for you, the sugar and chemicals added to these low fat or fat free products to replace the flavor lost by removing the fat often makes the item less nutritionally sound than its full-fat counterpart.

1. Peanut Butter: Full-fat peanut butter is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol, promote weight loss, and help to fight that pesky belly fat. Low-fat peanut butter takes away some of this healthy fat and often replaces with sugar.

2. Salad dressing: Just about every salad dressing includes oil of some sort, which can cause it to be high in fat. However, that fat actually helps your body to absorb more of the nutrients in the greens and vegetables you place it on. In fact, researchers from Purdue University found that fat-free dressings could actually block absorption of important nutrients found in fruits and vegetables such as carotenoids. Just keep it down to a drizzle (rather than a pour) so you don’t go over your calories on an otherwise healthy dish.

3. Cookies: When they take the fat out of cookies, all they do is add more sugar so that they still taste like cookies. And more sugar is worse for you, in most cases, than fat.

4. Cow’s Milk: Without fat, your body can’t absorb the vitamin A and vitamin D that milk is often fortified with. Many nutritionist believe that whole raw milk where available is the best option, but at the very least you should choosing one or two percent rather than skim or nonfat.

5. Chips: Whether its potato or tortilla, the low fat versions of these popular snack foods typically contain synthetic fats that not only have no nutritional benefits, but also can cause more health problems than natural fats. Some chip companies are using healthier oils in manufacturing their chips such as olive oil or avocado. It’s best to limit your serving size of full fat chips or try baked versions and make sure you read the label so you know what’s going on with that particular brand you are about to bring home.