The fat free life is an unhealthy life?
The first food pyramid was created in Sweden in 1974, and was then introduced to the U.S. in 1992. The food pyramid has been claimed to be part of government scams as far back as the cold war due to the government programs that bought mass amounts of corn to later repurpose into corn bi-products like corn starch, and corn syrup. The food pyramid has been revised many times since then, and still seems to be trying to evolve into something that will make all lifestyles happy. Lets just face it, it’s never going to happen when we have so much variety when it comes to what’s considered a healthy lifestyle.
The one thing we can agree on when it comes to the argument of what is healthy eating is the fact that fats have been under constant attack since the beginning. Now this isn’t an article pushing the ketogenic diet, or encouraging everyone to become carnivores. The sole purpose of this article is to expose how fat has been made the front man to hide practices that can also be considered unhealthy right under your nose. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have someone be honest with me about what they’re doing versus having them try to hide it from me like it’s an ok common practice.
Lets start with the term fat free. What does it take for a product to be able to put fat free on their label and legally sell it according to the FDA? According to the FDA you can label a product as fat free as long as there is less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving. If the product goes above 0.5 grams but stays in a tolerance range of one to two grams of fat per serving we can now call it low-fat. When a product is completely void of fats we can, of course, label it as zero fat. Why am I telling you all this? Well it’s because fat is responsible for the majority of flavor in most foods, so what do you do to keep low fat foods tasting good so people will continue to buy them? You most likely guessed, you add other ingredients for flavor.
Under the same regulations that dictate the allowed fat content in fat free foods, you will also find what is allowed to be added in order to enhance the flavor of fat free foods. Long story short you can add whatever the hell you want as long as its not toxic, and not a source of fat of course. Now you would think that companies would add some sort of artificial sweetener to their products in order to deliver taste that still caters to the low fat crowd, but in almost every case you would be wrong. Artificial sweeteners cost more money to refine than just plain sugar cane, so most companies go with the good old cheap sugar because hey, we said it’s low in fat, not sugars right? Besides, sugar is also a preservative so we can save some money by not adding any additional preservatives and pass the savings on to you!
It doesn’t make any sense to eat a high sugar, low-fat diet, and here is why. Sugars are calorically dense to start with which isn’t a great start to that weight loss journey you’re wanting to post on Instagram. To add to it, sugar can’t be used by the cells in your body in its raw form, so all the sugar you consume gets sent to your liver to be converted into fats, then secreted back into the blood stream for use. That’s right your body just converts it into fats, the one thing your trying to avoid by eating low-fat to start with
These companies that do this have to be aware of it, and you would think that they would take this into consideration when they create their products. The answer is no. They would rather count on people being uneducated on the subject instead of acknowledging this, and spending the money to use alternative sweeteners. It’s upsetting to think that anyone would rely on the lack of awareness of the public to make money. That they would sell a product that is a contradiction within itself. Don’t just take my word for it. The next time you go to the store and you’re thinking of buying some yogurt, pick up the plain full fat yogurt and look at the sugar content. Then look at the fat free plain yogurt of the same brand, and you will see all the facts you need to answer the question right in front of you. Is a fat free life an unhealthy life?
Info on corn subsidy
FDA fat free regulations
Effects of sugar in the body