Why ‘Fat Free’ isn’t necessarily healthy for you.
Many of us go grocery shopping in search for foods that we think will better our health. One of those food types is food labeled “fat free”. Unfortunately, a lot of us have had the wool pulled over our eyes for a long while now. In many cases, these “fat free” foods still contain a certain amount of fat. You’re probably thinking, “Surely that can’t be right! That would mean the labels are lying and they can’t do that!” I truly hate to break it to you, but, it is actually perfectly legal for these labels to deceive you. I am here to bestow some knowledge on everyone reading today, so that we have this happen to us for one of the last times!
What a lot of us don’t know, is that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) allows for edibles with up to as much as .5 grams of Trans Fats in them, to be labeled as “fat free” foods! Stay a step ahead of your fellow health food hunters by keeping an eye out for a couple of key words that are hidden in the ingredients list– which you may normally be overlooking. Words such as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oils” are used to sneak onto nutrition labels. Most food producers know that the average grocery shopper is ignorant to what they mean or won’t take the time to find out about them. Here is a little, not so known fact I would like to share with you: Hydrogenated oils are fats that were once liquid fat, that now have had oxygen pumped into them so that they can be put into a solid form. Mmm! Sounds yummy, right?
I learned something that was really interesting when I was studying nutrition a few years back. A line I read in a book really stuck with me because it said, “If you come across something that reads “fat free”, it means it is more than likely chemical full.” Pretty disgusting sounding, isn’t it? How come that has to be the case? What does “chemical full” even mean? It’s actually pretty simple to understand. If something is fat free, that would mean that fat has to be drawn out of it and discarded. But, if a major part of a certain food’s make up is fat, it needs to be replaced with something. Ergo, the chemical additives that are used to make up the new “fat free” food.
Unfortunately (for us all) the food industry will always find a way to trick consumers into thinking they have the best and most healthy product of that kind out on the market. It’s all just a game, but now YOU have some new found knowledge that can help when you’re out making healthy grocery choices. Just remember, many things are not always what they seem, especially in the world of nutrition. That being said, continue to do your research and stay on top of your health game!