The word “fat” tends to have a bad reputation in today’s world. People immediately assume that consuming foods that are high in fat will make them gain weight. Go to any grocery store, convenience store, or even coffee shop and you’re sure to be bombarded with non-fat, reduced-fat, low-fat, or light options. People looking to drop a few pounds or cut back on calorie intake are likely to choose the lighter options over the full-fat alternative.
In reality, though, the opposite is true. Fat is a vital nutrient that every body needs to properly function. Fat satisfies hunger and leaves you feeling fuller longer. I’m here to help you take the guessing game out of sneaky labels. Here are the top 5 reasons to skip the low-fat options and opt for the full-fat alternative.
1. Monounsaturated Fats
I know we are conditioned to think that fat alone is bad, but a fat with saturated fat in it… you don’t go there. Take a deep breath and let me introduce you to monounsaturated fat. This fat is found in organic milk, cheese, avocados and many oils such as olive, canola, peanut, and sesame oils. It has actually been proven to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) while raising the good cholesterol (HDL) in our bodies.
2. Polyunsaturated Fats
Like Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and according to the American Heart Association, it also lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease. Some of favorite foods containing polyunsaturated fats are salmon, tofu, and walnuts.
3. The Sugar
When fat is removed from food, so is flavor. In turn, food manufactures opt to add in the ingredient everyone loves: sugar. Although there’s less fat in your low-fat yogurt, there’s much more sugar in it. So the next time you’re at the grocery store, read the ingredient label to make sure that your yogurt isn’t loaded with sugar, water, and other harmful additives.
4. The Salt
Salt is considered a flavor-enhancer. Typically, when fat is taken out of a product, a significant amount of salt is added in order to enhance and protect its flavor. Salt, in moderation, is a healthy and necessary nutrient, but when added in excess it can promote water retention, leaving you bloated and feeling groggy.
5. Leaner Body
Although it sounds contradictory, studies show that low-fat products are linked to obesity while consuming full-fat actually aids in weight loss by keeping your body feeling fuller longer.