Why I ditched low-fat foods

I know many of my friends frown when they see me in the kitchen cooking with butter and coconut oil, or when I serve full fat Greek yoghurt with berries and nuts for guests at breakfast.

I can only imagine them thinking something like: “Isn’t low-fat supposed to be a ‘dietary gold standard’ for anyone like you who is living such a health-conscious life?”

If I have to answer that question: Personally, I  don’t think it is healthy to eat so many low-fat products.

The reason why I ditched low-fat foods is not because I think dietary guidelines are “wrong”. I simply don’t like eating anything that has been processed. And low-fat milk, yoghurt, cheese and even reduced fat minced meat have all been processed into a product that they naturally wouldn’t be — being low in fat.

Many low-fat products also contain some kind of added sugar to improve their taste. And sugar, as we all know, is not good for your health. It’s not good for people with diabetes. It doesn’t help anyone who is struggling to lose weight. And there is even research suggesting that consuming too much sugar can increase your risk of having heart problems.

So, when it comes to the advice to consume low-fat products, I do have some doubts.

The whole message on fat is very confusing for most people. So just to be on the safe side, following a diet that is based on eating natural and organic foods, like the Paleo diet or the Mediterranean diet, can help you avoid all the confusion.

Both of these diets focus on eating plenty of vegetables, nuts, healthy saturated fats like olive oil, the moderate consumption of organically-sourced animal protein, and exclude vegetable oils (hydrogenated oils), simple carbohydrates (like bread and cereal grains) and refined sugar.

The Paleo diet also excludes dairy products like milk and cheese, but not eggs.

Both these diets have proven benefits for diabetes, heart health and even those who are struggling to lose weight.

Lastly, simply cutting sugar from your diet (hidden sugars found in low-fat products included) will make such a big difference to your health, helping you to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reducing your risk of diabetes and a heart attack, keeping your mind sharp and increasing your levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

It certainly is worth a try.

To a healthier life,

Thomas Smith