Low-fat foods which you eat often, but are really bad for your body.
Today, we will be looking at those ‘low-fat’ foods that you eat often, which are actually not good for our bodies especially when we are trying to shed off some weight or lose some visceral fat.
Often times, majority of persons mix-up the term “low-fat” with health or healthy foods. Yes! you could be right with such mix-up, if only you refer to some nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which are naturally low in fat.
However, most processed ‘low-fat’ foods are actually low in fat, but often times contain a whole lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.
Below are 6 low-fat foods that are bad for you.
1. Low-Fat Breakfast Cereal
In some ways, breakfast cereal seems to be a healthy way to kick of your day, especially for the students and working class.
Of course, breakfast cereals is low in fat and fortified with vitamins and minerals. And the packaging never fails to list healthy claims such as “contains whole grains and blah blah blah.”
However, most cereals are highly loaded with sugar. In the ingredients label, sugar is usually the second or third in the list, meaning it’s present in large amounts.
A 2014 report by the Environmental Working Group found that the average cold breakfast cereal contains nearly 25% sugar by weight.
Your worry should not end only with white table sugar, because, white sugar, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and honey all contain fructose. And excess amounts of fructose have been linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
2. Low-Fat Flavored Coffee Drinks
Coffee is unarguably, one of the healthiest beverages you can drink. Coffee contains both antioxidants (that protect heart health and is associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes) and caffeine, (which improves mental and physical performance while increasing metabolic rate).
On the other note, the high sugar content of ‘flavored’ low-fat coffee drinks can negatively affect your health.
For instance, a 16-oz (450-gram) of a particular non-fat but flavored coffee drink has only 2 grams of fat but a whopping 33 grams of sugar. That’s 57% of total calories.
Not only does this beverage provide a high serving of fructose, its liquid form, tends to be especially harmful to health, because, liquid calories aren’t as satisfying as calories from solid food. They promote a higher daily calorie intake that may lead to weight gain.
3. Low-Fat Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt has a long-standing reputation as a healthy food.
Studies show that plain yogurt may help with weight loss and improve body composition, in part by increasing levels of the fullness hormones GLP-1 and PYY.
However, low-fat, sugar-sweetened yogurt contains too much sugar to qualify as a nutritious choice. In fact, many types of low-fat and nonfat yogurt are as high in sugar as desserts.
4. Low-Fat Muffins
Low-fat muffins may tend to be a healthier option than other baked goods, but they’re really not exempted from the bad low-fat foods that you have to avoid.
A small, 71-gram, low-fat blueberry muffin contains 19 grams of sugar. This is 42% of the calorie content. And this is a much smaller muffin than what you may find in a coffee shop or convenience store.
With the exception of bran muffins, low-fat muffins contain little fiber and often have a high glycemic index (GI). High-GI foods raise blood sugar quickly, which may increase the hunger that drives overeating and leads to weight gain.
5. Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt
Low-fat or nonfat frozen yogurt is considered a healthier choice than ice cream because it’s much lower in fat. However, yogurt most times contains just as much sugar as ice cream, if not more.
6. Low-Fat Cookies
Low-fat cookies is just a market name. They are not in any way healthier than other cookies. They are also not as tasty.
Like most low-fat foods, the sugar content of these cookies is high. A fat-free oatmeal raisin cookie has 15 grams of sugar, which is 55% of its total calorie content.
In addition, low-fat cookies are majorly made with refined flour, which is unhealthy.
Low-fat foods appears to be healthy, but often than not, they are loaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients as preservatives or whatever. These unhealthy ingredients can lead to excessive hunger, weight gain and disease.
So, for optimal health, it’s best advised to consume unprocessed, whole foods. This includes foods that are naturally low in fat, as well as foods that naturally contain healthy fats.
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