Why is it that fat gets such a bad rap? The whole notion that “fat makes you fat” so eat less of it has been proven otherwise, thanks to the wrongly advised “fat-free, low-fat” era, where no one actually lost weight or lowered cholesterol – quite the opposite happened actually. Through extensive research and studies there have been many findings indicating that fat is not what increases cholesterol levels, affects weight gain or causes chronic disease. The real culprit here are sugars, trans fats, and processed foods – basically anything white. ”The whiter the bread the faster you’re dead.”
What happens when you are told to eat less fat? Naturally, you need to replace fat with another macro-nutrient such as carbohydrates. When you turn to fat-free, low-fat or even sugar-free products, something has been added/replaced in order to make up for the missing nutrient – otherwise understood as highly processed. Sadly, most Americans (not my readers, of course) weren’t taught to make the connection. They just see fat-free on the box and assume it has to be good for you – or because “my doctor told me to cut my fat intake.” Unfortunately, we were not taught to understand that what matters are the types of fats (saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans.) and what foods have those types of fats. For example, an avocado doesn’t have a nutrition label on it, so unless you are interested in learning about it you wouldn’t know that it’s a “good fat.” Or, that eating pre-packaged low-fat foods are loaded with carbohydrates and sugars, which can cause heart disease and high cholesterol – because it certainly doesn’t advertise that on the box!
Obviously, everything is best in moderation. Too much of anything can never be good for us, however, replacing fats with sugars aka carbohydrates will not make you any less fatter – on the contrary, it might do the exact opposite. A good rule of thumb when it comes to general nutrition, and I’ve mentioned this before, is – eat real foods. I haven’t heard or seen anyone die from broccoli overdose! I’m not saying carbohydrates should never be consumed because vegetables actually fall into the carbohydrate category. Breads, pasta, potatoes and cereals aren’t the only carbohydrates that exist – they differ, though, because they are processed. No one said to never eat a piece of bread for the rest of your life either (again, extremes don’t last) but just take note on whether it’s white bread vs. whole grain, white rice vs. brown rice, or white pasta vs. whole wheat pasta. White generally means it has been stripped of its outer layer, which carries all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals. After all, we eat to survive – so why eat foods that increase our chances of disease or death?