Are Reduced Calorie, Low Fat Foods Really a Healthy Choice?

by Colin Carmichael

One of my pet peeves is how food manufacturers continually try to pull the wool over the eyes of consumers and coerce us into poor food choices.

Reduced Calorie Foods

Are low calorie, reduced fat foods really improving our health?

They do this in a way where the consumer believes they are making wise, healthy choices that will improve their health.

In reality, the choice is just as bad as the unhealthy alternative … sometimes even worse.

Food manufacturers love to take advantage of the latest trendy topic in health. They manipulate the foods in order to put something that looks healthy on the label, and we as consumers gobble it up as if these tasty little junk food treats are no longer harmful.

Sigh.

Be honest with yourself now…

Are you easily influenced if you see a Heart symbol with a checkmark next to it on a food label?

Do you seek out foods with labeling that says "Reduced Calories" or "Low Fat"?

Did you know that many times they are replacing the fat with something even more harmful?

Are Reduced Calorie, Low Fat Foods a Healthy Choice?

Many companies are now jumping on the bandwagon of a group of foods being classified as "mid-calorie". They can show it as having fewer calories than the original, but still maintain a taste that's pleasing enough to the consumer to generate repeat sales.

Jan Cho has some great thoughts on all this that I think you might want to check out. Here's a snip-it of what she said…

Another problem with the mid-calorie trend is its focus on, well, calories. There’s a culture of “scientific eating” in America today, whereby people fixate on calories, grams and nutrients rather than simply eating good-quality food.

But nutritional information, I believe, often only confuses or distracts us from making the right choices. Our penchant for scientific eating, moreover, is exactly what fuels the processed foods industry, which happily and profitably formulates and re-formulates products to meet the specs of the latest health trend.

Peel off a bit of cholesterol here, cut some fat over there, replace the high-fructose corn syrup with a sugar substitute, and voila, you have a newly healthified food.

Lastly, the calorie content of a food is not what makes it healthy or unhealthy. In a recent opinion piece for the New York Times, Dean Ornish, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, writes: “The country is preoccupied with calories… Perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as you lose weight, it doesn’t matter what you eat. But it does… What you eat affects which diseases you may develop, regardless of whether you’re thin or fat.”

See the rest of the article here.

So many people are trying and trying hard to improve their health. Whether it's to lose weight or lower cholesterol or just look and feel younger … it's not for lack of trying.

But more often than not, we're too easily influenced by what the food manufacturers want us to do vs. what our bodies want us to do.

If you urgently feel the need to eat some "junk food", please don't settle for some reduced-fat or low-calorie alternative of the same junk.

Want Alternatives That Are Really Healthier?

A better choice would be to look for different alternatives at the health food store … alternatives that are NON-GMO and have organic (or mostly organic) ingredients.

Better yet, would be to gather up some of the highest-quality ingredients you can find and make something comparable at home. It's not nearly as convenient, but your body will be thankful.

But just make sure you don't get overly focused on calories. Don't let that be the driving force behind the foods you eat.

For example, you're much better off eating servings of fruit that equal 1,000 calories vs. eating 750 calories of additives, chemicals, and trans fats. All that extra garbage that your body now has to deal with just isn't worth eliminating 250 calories.

As far as cholesterol…

Did you know that many, MANY foods labeled as "Low Cholesterol" or "Zero Cholesterol" foods will absolutely cause an excess build-up of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream?

Eating high cholesterol foods or foods that contain dietary cholesterol is almost never the problem of a patient with high cholesterol. It's eating other foods that cause excess cholesterol to form that's the real issue.

Do you think food labels are going to point this out to you or use the "zero cholesterol" ploy to lull you into a false sense of security?

I think you already know the answer to that.

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