We see them on nearly every shelf at the grocery store, products labeled “fat-free,” “diet,” “zero,” or “low-calorie.” While the package may give the illusion that its contents are healthy, that may not always be the case. Let’s take a look at a few truths about these types of foods and beverages.
- Diet foods are not necessarily good for your diet. Don’t be fooled. Just because a product says the word “diet,” “low-calorie,” or “fat-free” that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy for you.
- These types of foods are typically not “real food.” Next time you are at the grocery store, take a look at the ingredients of a low-fat or fat-free product. You’ll likely see products like modified food starch, artificial sweeteners, phosphoric acid, and the list goes on. In many cases, you will probably notice a series of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. Although these have been cleared to be safe for the body, fresh, wholesome foods will provide your body with much more nutrition.
- Foods with fat are not necessarily bad for you. Contrary to what many people believe, eating foods with fat does not mean you are eating poorly. That’s right. There is a difference between healthy and unhealthy fats. Healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help fuel the body and support better health.
- Fewer calories or grams of fat may just mean less food. It’s nothing new, but food and beverage companies cleverly disguise and market products as a low-fat version by simply reducing the portion or serving size. And, if the package contains multiple servings, you may find yourself eating more than one, resulting in more calories consumed than you may have intended.
- Where is the nutrition? The ironic thing about “diet” foods or beverages is that while they offer a reduced fat or calorie content, they generally lack any valuable nutrition that your body requires to function properly.
The truth is, just because a product package says “diet” or “fat-free,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it supports a healthy lifestyle. You can set yourself up for health and fitness success by reducing processed foods and consuming healthy, wholesome foods. Additionally, adding a natural supplement containing Meratrim® may help you safely and effectively lose weight in as little as two weeks! Meratrim® has shown in clinical studies to help people lose weight and inches. Learn more about Meratrim® and where you can purchase it here, or email InterHealth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.