Is Low-Fat Food Making You Fat?

Sugar fat

Do you want to know the truth about low-fat food products?

I have been there. You are trying to eat well, you have swapped your full-fat foods for the low-fat alternatives. You are feeling in control of your diet, now you are just waiting for the weight drop off your body.

Here is the bad news. Your low-fat food is making you fat.

But how?

To add flavour to low-fat foods, the manufactures add a whole heap of sugar (plus salt, preservatives etc). Once you eat it, your body is converting that excess sugar to fat.

So how much sugar is recommended in your diet?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that an adult consumes no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar (about 25g) per day.

Easy you say. I thought so too because I don’t add sugar to my tea or coffee or my breakfast cereal. But I do like tomato sauce with my BBQ and some mayo on my salad sandwich. The hidden sugar in these foods is frightening. Just to give you an idea:

  • Special K breakfast cereal contains more sugar then Weetbix & some muesli contains more sugar than Coco pops
  • Whole egg Mayonnaise has 2.2g of sugar per serve V.S Low-fat Mayo = 21g of sugar per serve
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce = 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 serve of zero fat yogurt = 5 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 glass of Fruit juice = 10 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 glass of soft drink = 12 teaspoons of sugar

Break the sugar habit

So what do I recommend.

  • Cut back on processed sugar i.e. cut out sugar in tea and coffee
  • Eat good fats – avocado, good quality cold pressed olive oil on salads, coconut oil on roast veggies
  • Swap fruit juice for a vegetable juice (ideally freshly squeezed) or a green smoothie
  • Make your own breakfast granola – see my recipe here
  • Make your own sauces, like tomato sauce, that way you can control the amount of sugar you are consuming.

Need more info?

Check out SarahWilson.com, she is a guru on the health effects of sugar and how to go about cutting sugar from your diet.

Call to action: Tell me what are you going to do today to reduce your sugar intake?

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