Low-Fat Foods You Should Avoid
By Sara Butler
It seems to have been drilled into people’s heads – the idea that fat is bad for you and should be avoided. Low-fat foods are not synonymous with healthy foods. Of course, some foods that are very healthy are naturally low in fat, such as fruits and vegetables. But processed foods that are low in fat by design often are full of unhealthy things such as sugar. Here are a few low-fat foods you should avoid at all costs.
Low-Fat Coffee Drinks
Coffee by itself is actually pretty healthy, but you may run into problems when you reach for flavored low-fat coffee beverages. They are often quite high in sugar, containing a large serving liquid fructose that can be very harmful to your overall health. Stick to regular coffee if you need a caffeine fix since it contains no sugar and antioxidants that are actually good for you. <<I THINK WHAT YOU MEAN TO SAY IS "THAT ARE ACTUALLY BAD FOR YOU." CAN YOU PLEASE FIX/CLARIFY?
Low-Fat Flavored Yogurt
You can’t go wrong with yogurt, right? Wrong! Yogurt is by itself a pretty healthy food, but that’s when you’re talking about plain yogurt. When you reach for a low-fat sweetened yogurt you are doing your health a disservice. Any possible health benefits are overshadowed by the amount of sugar in this type of yogurt. An 8 ounce serving of nonfat flavored yogurt has 47 grams of sugar. A pudding cup of the same size has 38 grams of sugar – so you’re better off reaching for the pudding!
Low-Fat Salad Dressing
Salad dressing is A notorious a calorie bomb, but buying the low-fat version of this food can take away one of the few benefits of salad dressing. The fat contained in most salad dressings actually serves a purpose that improves the nutritional value of the vegetables you’re putting it on. Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, K and D need to be eaten with fat in order to be absorbed by your body. Also, the preservatives and sugars in low-fat salad dressings are not healthy. You should try using olive oil to reap the nutritional benefits of your salad.
Don’t be fooled by the promises of low-fat foods. They are normally packed with sugar as well as other ingredients that are less than healthy. If you want to be truly healthy, you should include as many unprocessed whole foods in your diet as you can, foods full of natural and healthy fats your body needs and are naturally low in fat.