The Skinny on Eating “Low-Fat”

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Ask The Guyatitian, News, Uncategorized
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As we are ready to wrap up the holiday season, I wanted to share with you some advice I often share with patients: fat serves a multitude of purposes in the diet – there is no need to avoid it – eat the right kinds and in moderation. That sounds great as a sound bite but what does that statement really mean? Well, I came across a great article from my good friends at the International Food Information Council that has some slick (pun intended) information about the health benefits of healthy fats.

The Truth about Fats and Oils and Health.

In this article, you will find the statement “People who do not feel satiated [full & satisfied] by the food they’ve eaten, either because the flavor was missing or the food was not filling, may be more likely to continue eating in search of those sensations, likely offsetting any caloric deficit created by removing fats from foods.” This is EXACTLY why I don’t espouse low-fat eating. I find that my patients don’t get the same satisfaction as they do when eating full flavored, full fat original versions of recipes when they eat “liposuctioned” versions of the original. They key with eating fatty foods is to enjoy them in LIMITED portions.

As always, olive to skim your thoughts on this heavy subject. Sorry…couldn’t resist!

The Guyatitian

  1. Great post. I absolutely agree. If you start out eating that cookie or slice of cake you are eyeing at the dessert table, you can nip your cravings in the bud. Otherwise, if you try to skip the cake/cookie, you may very well end up eating more calories by continuously picking at the lower cal desserts at the table! I know from personal experience 🙂

  2. Tands says:

    As long as calories are kept in check, the amount of fat in a diet is not necessarily an issue as long as it does not offset adequate intake of other nutrients. Harvard’s nutrition site has some great info that talks about debunking the idea that fat, even large amounts of fat, are bad for you.

  3. Agree, sadly many of the healthy foods just do not taste as good as the “bad” foods.

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