Dangers of Fat Free Foods

Fat Free foods can be dangerous

            All of us are trying to cut back on calories and fat, but did you realize that fat is an essential part of our diets. While it is true that excess fat can stress the liver and contribute to health problems, we sometimes overlook the fact that some fats are health promoting and that fat is one of the three essential macronutrients. Along with Protein and Carbohydrates, Fat is an essential addition to your daily caloric requirements.

            Fat free eating does not ensure weight loss! Fat in foods creates that feeling of fullness we get after eating a meal. Without fat in a meal, we continue to eat and eat never feeling full, consuming more calories than we would have otherwise.

Fat is being replaced by carbohydrates in most “fat free” foods by means of some unnatural, dangerous ingredients. If you look at your Lean Cuisine meal in the freezer, you will see that the sodium content is way too high ranging anywhere from 600mg-1800 mg. If you’re wondering why you look bloated, this is the reason. (In case you don’t know what sodium is, its salt…steer clear of it)

Also, if you’re going to drink soda, drink the regular stuff, not diet. Diet sodas are loaded with Aspartame which has not only been linked to cancer, but also can cause headaches, dizziness, and hallucinations. Yogurt included. Since when did we start saying that regular yogurt is bad for us! Try the regular Yoplait; it is naturally 99% fat free!

Another ingredient in fat free foods is Olestra. This is found in many fat free chips and crackers. It can cause extreme stomach cramping and diarrhea. Do yourself a favor and cut out chips completely…your body will thank you for it later.

When in doubt, choose natural, organic whole foods. Good fats include avocado, olive oil, peanut butter (in moderation), nuts, and fish. Chances are “diet” foods are making you sick.

Hope you’ve learned something from this post and will continue to educate yourself on making the healthiest food choices!


-Nikol Klein

Certified Personal Trainer

Professional Ballet Dancer

About Nikol Klein

Nikol Klein is former Professional Ballet Dancer turned Women's fitness expert. She currently works with Women all over the world as a personal trainer and Ballet Strength coach to dancers.

Posted on January 28, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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