I won’t lie, this week has been a little rough over here. Between my cold and Hunter’s lack of napping, I’ve found myself pretty much exhausted by the end of each day. I am welcoming the weekend with open arms! Not that any of those things will instantly end when the weekend hits, but at least I’ll have Cody home to help me out.
First order of business – winners of the Hit & Run 5k giveaway! First winner is #31 Kendra and second winner is #29 Angie! Congrats ladies! Please email me at email@example.com so I can pass along your information to the race coordinators.
So let’s move on to what I wanted to talk about today – full fat vs. fat free foods. This thought initially came up when I was at the grocery store a few days ago. I needed some half & half (for my coffee), and as I reached for the traditional carton, I noticed there was a “fat free” version right next to it.
It made me wonder how they could truly make half & half fat free. Don’t they call it “half & half” because it’s half milk and half cream? The last I heard, cream is not fat free – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. I figured the fat free stuff either had to be really bland and watered down or filled with artificial and added ingredients.
Well, wouldn’t ya know…
Corn syrup, artificial color, sodium citrate, potassium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, and the list goes on! I don’t even know what half of that stuff is.
And let’s compare it to the full fat stuff…
Two ingredients that I can actually recognize. Much better.
So why the fat free hype? What’s so great about it?
Sure, it’s lower in calories and obviously free of fat, but is that what’s truly important when fueling your body?
When fueling my body, I like to focus on real foods and ingredients. Sure, some of them may be higher in fat and calories than their fat free counterparts, but they are a heck of a lot more satisfying, nutritious, and overall better for me.
Our bodies were not made to ingest chemicals and artificial additives. Those artificial ingredients only do a few things for us – screw up our metabolism, potentially cause cancer and other life threatening diseases, and don’t satisfy us. Uh, no thanks.
This is not to say that all fat free foods are a bad thing. For example, some nonfat/low fat yogurts or milk are completely natural. It’s when companies are adding artificial ingredients and chemicals to make things taste like the traditional/full fat thing that makes it not OK in my book.
So next time you’re out grocery shopping, I challenge you to take a look at the ingredient list. Do you recognize all the ingredients? If not, put it back and try to get the real version of whatever you’re buying.
P.S. I’m not saying I’m perfect here. I’m totally guilty of occasionally drinking a Diet Coke or not looking at the ingredient list before I put an item it in my cart. And those occasional times won’t kill you – it’s just when you make it a habit that can cause problems. I’m working on it right along with you!
Cheers to REAL food!
Do you buy a lot of fat free/low cal foods? If not, did you used to? Do you look at the ingredient list before you buy something?