Diet foods are a multi-billion-dollar business, especial in America with so many people becoming more heath conscious. One of the first things many people going on a diet do is cut or reduce fat from their diets. They begin reading labels to see just how much fat a product contains. After all, we’ve all heard that fatty foods make one fat, haven’t we?
But how carefully are people reading the labels? Do they just see the no fat or reduced fat label and toss the item into their shopping carts? How many dieters actually take time to read the entire label to see what all is in the no or reduced fat diet food they are purchasing?
Now let me ask how many people on diets, that are being careful and eating diet foods with no to little fat, are having problems losing weight or inches? Any of you find that the pounds are not melting away but in fact you may have found a few more?
Will you be shocked to learn that the reason you aren’t losing weight or inches or possible gaining a few more pounds is some of the diet foods you are consuming?
Would you be further shocked to learn that many companies pull fat out of diet products and then load the same diet product with hidden sugars? Your diet of diet foods may in fact be giving you a huge increase in the amount of sugar you are consuming and it’s the added sugar that is making it difficult for you to lose those unwanted pounds or even putting more pounds on.
According to another new study:
“High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden “diet” foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well, according to a new study from the University of Georgia…”
“‘Most so-called diet products containing low or no fat have an increased amount of sugar and are camouflaged under fancy names, giving the impression that they are healthy, but the reality is that those foods may damage the liver and lead to obesity as well,’ said the study’s principal investigator, Krzysztof Czaja, an associate professor of veterinary biosciences and diagnostic imaging in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine.”
“‘What’s really troubling in our findings is that the rats consuming high-sugar, low-fat diets didn’t consume significantly more calories than the rats fed a balanced diet,’ Czaja said. ‘Our research shows that in rats fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet, the efficiency of generating body fat is more than twice as high — in other words, rats consuming low-fat high-sugar diets need less than half the number of calories to generate the same amount of body fat’.”
In the tests, they also found that the unbalanced diets – low fat, high sugar – resulted in inflammation in the intestinal tract and brain. The inflammation in the brain changes the communication between the brain and the gut, by damaging the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve, among its many functions, helps signal the brain when the gut is full so if the nerve is damaged, the brain doesn’t always get the full signal, so it tells the body it’s still hungry, leading to eating more.
If you are on a diet and trying to reduce or cut out fat, be very careful of your selection of diet foods. To begin with, it’s best to avoid most processed foods as they usually contain a number of additives that aren’t healthy. Secondly, don’t just read the Nutritional Value label, but look at the actual list of ingredients. Watch for anything ending in -ose as that generally indicates a sugar or anything with syrup, like corn syrup. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients in the diet food, then perhaps you should hold off and do some research on that ingredient when you get home. Lastly, DON’T blindly trust labels that say ‘DIET’ or ‘no fat’ or reduced fat’ because chances are, they may have more sugar than you need.