Full Facts About Full Fat – it's good!

by DavalosMcCormack on November 15, 2009

Non-Fat! Huh! – What is it good for….Absolutely Nothin’ Say it again!

The food industry has lots of ways to make us believe we can eat what we want and still stick to our diet! Have you been lured into the evil ways of the “Non-Fat” food industry? You know the one that says, “Ice Cream…sure, have some “Non-Fat” ice cream, go ahead, have as much as you want! It’s Non-Fat! Ever looked at the label? Check out those calories, but here’s the good news!

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women who have at least one serving of full-fat dairy products, (like that ice cream) a day gain less weight than women who don’t. They aren’t sure why this is the case. It could be that a compound in milk fat may aid in weight loss, but my take has always been, “I’d rather have the “real” thing! “

Dieticians believe that the protein found in full-fat foods might satisfy your taste buds and curb your hunger at the same time  They say full-fat foods taste different and trigger the brain to feel satiated sooner than with non-fat foods. It makes sense, if your craving is met and the protein makes you less hungry, you won’t need to eat as much.

Lot’s of people fill their refrigerators with non-fat products ranging from creamers for coffee to cheese that tastes exactly like, well, non-fat cheese. Amazingly this doesn’t satisfy the craving for the taste of the real food.

Folks who regularly choose non-fat products are more likely to take in more calories because they tend to eat larger portions more often. Think about it, real ice cream or non-fat ice cream. I know what your thinking. “Well, it’s non-fat so I guess I can have a larger serving.” Right, but does it really satisfy your craving for the real thing?

There’s a commercial that shows a woman coming home from a hard day at work. It must have been a hard day because she sheds her shoes as she enters the house, she drops her jacket on the floor and somehow someone left a piece of frosted chocolate cake on the coffee table which she eats, licking the frosting off the top as she lies on the couch. Believe me, she looks pretty satisfied. Then they tell you it’s “non-fat. I can tell you this, non-fat just doesn’t taste as good as the real thing, but then this skinny woman is getting paid to enjoy the non-fat luscious chocolate cake. I’d rather have a smaller piece but have real chocolate.

That means you have to make a decision, and choose wisely. If you crave a steak, choose the lower fat cuts like sirloin, or T-bone. Want a hamburger? Choose lean meat and hold the mayo. Enjoy your dairy products, like Ice cream, or cheese and be judicious with the servings. You don’t have to have a lot and it will make you appreciate every bite.

It’s all about making the best choice, be careful of the calories and enjoy the taste of the real thing.

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