skip the fat-free option

Sometimes eating fat-free could be risking your health. According to an article from Woman’s Day, you may not want to choose fat free options for these items:

Salad Dressing

  • While fat-free dressings are lower in calories than fat-based dressings, they block absorption of fruits’ and veggies’ nutrients, like carotenoids which protect your body’s cells. According to the study, dressings with monounsaturated fats (from canola and olive oil, for instance) boosted the absorption of the veggies’ carotenoids.
  • Dressings made with polyunsaturated fat (from soybean oil) and saturated fat (from plain old butter) helped absorption, too, but it takes more dressing to reap the rewards.

Peanut Butter

  • The fat in peanut butter is healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to decrease inflammation, raise healthy cholesterol levels, promote weight loss and possibly fight belly fat. Reduced-fat peanut butter takes away some of this healthy fat and replaces it with sugar.
  • To make the most of your PB, buy a natural version with no added sugar.

Milk

  • Milk is fortified with vitamins A and D, which are fat-soluble vitamins – essential vitamins that are stored in your liver and necessary for the absorption of other important nutrients. When you take all the fat out of milk, you don’t properly absorb these essential vitamins.
  • Instead of nonfat or skim milk, try one percent—it’s still low in saturated fat, but it has just enough fat to up vitamin absorption. And there’s a bonus: One-percent milk contains higher levels than fat-free milk of conjugated lineolic acid, which may help reduce body fat. But if you’re looking for an extra calcium kick from your milk, a glass of skim could be your best bet.

Cookies

  • Lowfat or fat-free cookies have a lot of extra sugar or high-fructose corn syrup to make up for the missing ingredient. Another problem with fat-free or lowfat cookies: the crumble factor. Because they’re made with chemicals, they tend to turn into dust at the bottom of the box more quickly than cookies made with natural ingredients.

Potato and Tortilla Chips

  • Some brands contain fat-mimicking chemicals that can cause intestinal cramps, gas and diarrhea. On the label, look for the words “Olean” and “Olestra” – they’re synthetic fats added to foods that have been found to cause these symptoms – and they may also result in weight gain.
  • Stick to small serving sizes of regular chips—or better yet, try baked versions, which don’t contain fake fats at all.

Ice Cream

  • Take the fat out of ice cream and create a magical food you can eat all day, every day. And even though fat-free ice cream might not pack in the fat grams, it still packs in the calories.

Frozen Meals

  • Lowfat frozen meal have much more sodium than their full-fat counterparts. Adults eat no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day.

Yogurt

  • Some lowfat yogurt brands make up for a lack of fat with artificial sweeteners.
  • If you want a lowfat yogurt, make it Greek.

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read article on Yahoo! Shopping by Lexi Petronis for Woman’s Day8 times you shouldn’t pick the fat-free option

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