The biggest low-fat and sugar-free myths

The biggest low-fat and sugar-free myths

You may choose to use low-fat/fat-free or sugar-free products instead. Unfortunately, these products are marketed in a way where they want to make you believe that they are good for you when in fact, they have negative effects on your body.

Low-Fat/Fat-Free Myths

1) Myth: The less fat I consume, the better

Truth: Like everything, moderation is key. Certain fats are an important part of your diet. Unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) “reduce inflammation and boost your HDL (good cholesterol).” Consuming not enough fats can be detrimental.

2) Myth: Fat-free products are better for you

Truth: Fat-free products sometimes add carbohydrates or sugars to make up for the lack of fat in a product (Hint: lots of calories). Just because the product is fat-free does not mean it is the best product for you.

Sugar-Free Myths

Sugar-free products usually do taste like they are loaded with sugar. Artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and Saccharin are often used as substitutes for sugar sucrose, and mimic the flavor of sugar. Unfortunately, they offer none of the benefits of natural sugar, such as energy.

Here are some of the biggest myths about sugar-free products:

1) Myth: Artificial Sweeteners are approved by the government, so they must be safe

Truth: There has been some research done on the link between artificial sweeteners and cancer, while none of it is conclusive. Do you really want to put something in your body that could be linked to cancer? Neither do I. Remember it took until the 1970’s for there to be conclusive evidence that smoking can cause cancer.

Splenda is approved by the government and it is the additive known as Sucralose. “Sucralose is basically denatured sucrose. Its preparation involves chlorinating sucrose, chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups.” The keyword in this quote is chlorine. Chlorine is toxic to humans.

2) Myth: Sugar-Free Products can help you lose weight.

Truth: While some believe artificial sweeteners help you lose weight because you are not consuming as much sugar, your sugar-free candy can still contain calories or other carbohydrates. Make sure you read the food label fully before you purchase a sugar-free product.

3) Myth: Sugar-free products will reduce my cravings for sugary and carbohydrate-loaded products.

Truth: There is research that sugar-free products increase your cravings for other sweets. If you drink a sugar-free soda but then eat a full bag of chips and cookies, you are doing more harm than good.

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