Low Fat Products! Really?


We are all living in a world where we are constantly fooled by the people we trust the most- be it our lover, best friend, colleagues, etc.

Adding to that list is our health industry where everything is labelled as a DIET- food or Low FAT products by the people who wish to fool us. Because they know our mindset and they are just taking advantage of our lack of awareness. Unfortunately, we fall prey to these tactics and end up buying such products under the name of HEALTHY FOODS (opss... even I broke your heart!).

Knowledge is the most powerful weapon which we can use against these industries. Don't you agree?

Many products which are claimed as low-fat might have trans-fat present in them which is very detrimental to our health and it increases our risk of developing heart diseases, stroke as well as type 2 diabetes. It increases LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and decreases HDL (good cholesterol) levels in our body. Many companies/restaurants use trans fat as it is inexpensive, easy to use, and last a long time. It gives desirable taste and texture to the food.

Which foods contain trans fat:

It can be found in- Fried foods including doughnuts, or baked foods like cakes, frozen pizza, biscuits, pie crusts, crackers, cookies, stick margarine's, as well as other spreads. To determine the amount of trans fat present in a particular packaged food is by reading labels. You can spot it in the ingredient lists by looking for the ingredients referred to as "partially hydrogenated oils". Products can be listed as "zero grams of trans fat" if they contain 0-0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.

If certain foods are low in fat then they are certainly very high in sugar, preservatives to retain shelf life. So whenever you see the word "low-fat", "diet" or "Slim", I want you all to stop there and think for a while and trust your gut instinct. It is such an irony that we don't think for even seconds before consuming these foods, but when we have to eat a banana we have so many doubts---like whether it will lead to increasing our weight to how it can cause cough. But remember that any foods which is truly healthy- like mangoes, banana, apple, etc. does not require to be labelled as healthy.

So please think about it!


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