In the past few decades an internal and media war has been proclaimed over the intake of fat in any way shape or form. Low, reduced and fat free products line our shelves from isle to isle; Some ironically bearing the label “Health Choice” or “Light”. As we cruise the same grocery store isles week after week, we’re faced with an almost guilt wrenching thought as we reach for the original (and generally better tasting products) with the alternative blue reduced fat “better choice” labels beside them. But what is “fat”? Why do I want less of it? And where did this craze come from? Let me explain.
Fat can be defined as one of the three nutrients used as energy sources by the body, along with proteins and carbohydrates. It is also the body’s main source of energy stored within the body itself. When the body becomes short of energy it feeds off of the stored goods in order to perform at its best. Factually, a lack of fats in our diet can lead to mental and physical fatigue, dry and scaly skin, hair and eyes, insatiable hunger and potentially even leading to the loss of menstrual cycle for women. Fat really is our friend. It’s just the friend that you can only spend SO much time with. Fat is the friend that’s awesome in doses, but talks a little too much, and maybe a little too loudly, particularly about topics that aren’t public friendly. Fats are very healthy to intake, they provide energy as mentioned above, provide better brain function as well as ensure we feel full in order to avoid over eating.
This craze was actually induced by sugar companies who wanted the wonderful tasting (and often natural) fat competition out of their way. They paid for “studies”, advertising, testimonials and books to be written in order to convince the general populous that fats are the enemy so they would be routed towards purchasing their products instead. Need some evidence? Check out the sugar/carbohydrate vs. fat content in this popular mayonnaise brand.
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