Most of us already know that eating junk food like french fries, milkshakes, chocolate, and cream cheese bagels will only make our waistlines grow. But will it really or is that just another food myth we’ve been passing along from generation to generation? Well, scientists are conducting tests to see what really happens when we ingest foods that are loaded with sugar or fat on their own, and the results might shake the very foundation of the global dietary guidelines.
Sugar and fat go together like hand and glove. Take donuts for example. The dough is full of carbs, but when you deep fry them, you get a combo of sugar and fat. But you also get a tasty treat that is simply irresistible. Now, growing scientific evidence is suggesting that eating fat alone won’t cause you to gain weight. But there are plenty of tests that do prove that eating sugar alone will cause you to gain weight. Really, the human body is full of mysteries! But there’s a reason why this happens.
Sweet Drinks Shorten Life Expectancy
If you’re planning on living until you’re 100, then you better stop drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks and vanilla caramel macchiatos. A recent analysis indicated that consuming 2 or more sweet drinks a day can shorten your life expectancy. So, if you’re a fan of powdered drinks, powdered teas, or popular sodas, you need to switch to something healthier like flavored water, coffee, tea, or just plain old regular water.
Time To Bring Back Fat
Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, wrote a book called “The Bad Food Bible: How and Why Eat Sinfully.” In it, he wrote that fat consumption doesn’t lead to weight gain. If anything, he believes it can help shed a few pounds. So, if you’ve been on a low-fat diet all these years without any success, it might be time to bring back nuts, salmon, and avocados to your diet. But make sure that the fatty foods you consume don’t contain any sugar.
Low-Fat VS Low-Carb Diets
Studies have shown that there aren’t any significant health benefits or weight loss when you cut back on fatty foods. However, people who eat fatty foods but cut down on refined carbs like white bread, white rice, and sugary cereals noticed a significant difference in weight loss and a reduced risk of disease. But here’s the shocker! A review of studies published in the journal, The Lancet, showed that people on low-fat diets ran a higher risk of passing away from heart disease and heart attacks versus people on low-carb (sugar) diets.
The Swapping Game
Generally, when people trim fat from their diets, they end up swapping rich ingredients with foods that contain a ton of sugar and carbs. But it won’t help the individual to lose a lot of weight or stay healthy in the long run, which is something you’d expect from a healthy eating plan.
It’s Time To End The Low-Fat Myth
Most people are convinced that they’re doing right by their bodies when they buy foods that say “low-fat” on the label. But low-fat foods usually contain a bunch of chemicals, sugar, and carbs. Take a granola bar or yogurt as an example. If you look at the nutrition label, you’ll see that despite being low in fat, it’s loaded with sugar and carbs, which can lead to weight gain. So don’t let those weight-loss marketing tools trick you into thinking you’re eating healthy. The only foolproof way of seeing dieting results is by eating foods that are rich in fat but contain less refined carbs.
The Critical Ingredient We All Need In Our Diets
All evidence seems to indicate that fat is a vital ingredient in your daily diet, while sugar clearly is the enemy. But we get that it’s tough to cut down on sugar since it’s in pretty much everything we eat. Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourself every now and then! But if you plan on cutting sugar altogether, make sure to stock up on almonds, nuts, and healthy fats to curb your sugar cravings. Think of all the fatty foods you can start eating again, like bacon and eggs! We’re already making a list of favorites to add to our grocery list. What’s yours?
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