Fight the FAT FREE Craze

Crystal Champagne
If you are like many of us and watch what you eat, you have noticed 'fat free' foods at your grocery store, or 'fat free' muffins at the baked goods counter at your local coffee shop. So now the first thing I have to say to summarize my thoughts, “STOP the NO FAT”! Not only do we need fat in our diets, but 90% of these items that you see labeled “no fat” are loaded with sugars to make them palatable. Which in the end, is no better for you.

When I say we need fats I will be specific, we have to eat the right kinds of fats. Good fats help to maintain optimally the health and function of all your important organs. What you need to get rid of is the trans fat and saturated fats which are found in meats, dairy and processed foods such as crackers and cookies (see list below). The majority of your daily fats should come from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated sources, although most of us get enough polys from such things as corn oil and safflower oil. Both mono and poly are vital to blood clotting, muscle contraction, relaxation (yes it helps with STRESS), and inflammation. Both are known to reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol) without lowering the HDL (good cholesterol), therefore they improve your cholesterol.

Keep in mind you need to maintain a balanced diet, and doctors and dietitians recommend that only 20 to 30 percent of your daily calories come from healthy fats. Take a look at the list below to help guide you make healthy choices; you will notice that most of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, etc., and the bad fats are hard when cool such as butter, fat off of meats.



Fat free is a fallacy, it is obesity’s greatest enabler by tricking you into eating more calories with increased consumptions of refined carbohydrates, such as sugar. Next time you are going grocery shopping print the list above which will guide you into making better health choices, and then when you sit down to a well balanced meal enjoy without the focus on eating fat free.

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Crystal Champagne - Personal Trainer
Crystal combines 10 years of competitive equestrian riding to her certifications as a personal and group trainer to inspire individuals in achieving their fitness objectives. As well, she enjoys working as a strength coach for elite athletic sports teams.

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