With more people getting conscious on what they eat, it is not surprising that food companies would offer fat-free or reduced-fat foods. And with fat-free foods, we do not mean foods that are naturally without fat such as most fruits and vegetables.
Instead, we refer to regular grocery foods items that have been processed with less or even without fat. You may have probably seen these products like fat-free mayo, reduced-fat ice cream, fat-free nachos, among others.
At first they may seem nutritious, but come to think of it: If these fat-free foods are good for us, why do food companies still sell their regular, fat-laden counterparts? Also, why are the fat-free and reduced-fat food products cost higher?
Here’s the reason: Because regular food products are just as fattening as its fat-free version, but "fat-free foods" sounds tempting and promising that consumers would buy them, even if they are more expensive.
The reality is that your body can convert any type of calorie into fat tissue. For instance, eating lots of sugar does not yield any calories from fat, but without enough exercise, you would still gain fat. Likewise, bowls of white rice also do not have fat in it, but eating them recklessly is fattening nonetheless. And just like regular food items, eating an excess of fat-free foods would still make you fat.
So if fat-free foods are not worth the extra money, what should you do? It is simple, buy regular food items, but eat them in moderation and burn the calories you would gain by at least an hour of brisk exercise. You would even be shocked that you are actually losing weight, even if you are eating fat.