Many participants in Paradigm Court Reporting‘s 100 Days of Healthy Eating found Week 6’s challenge to be counter-intuitive… The task? Avoid all low-fat, no-fat and light foods. Most of us would assume that food that are reduced-fat or no-fat or better for us. But oddly, this is not the case most of the time. Author Michael Pollan explains, “The forty-year-old campaign to create low-fat and nonfat versions of traditional foods has been a failure: We’ve gotten fat on low-fat products. Why? Because removing the fat from foods doesn’t necessarily make them nonfattening. Carbohydrates can also make you fat, and many low- and nonfat foods boost the sugars to make up for the loss of flavor … You’re better off eating the real thing in moderation than bingeing on ‘lite’ food products packed with sugars and salt.” That explanation certainly provides food for thought, anyway. We may be doing more harm than good and we’re not even aware of it.
One thing is for certain, this is one of our easier challenges during this 100 day process. Stay Fabulous!