FoodSize – With dairy, is low-fat really better than regular?

Note the carbohydrate increase in the low-fat version. The lack of fat increases the amount of carbohydrates and the food suddenly becomes more one-side in terms of macronutrient content, having far more carbs than Protein or Fat.

I feel the “regular” version is the best option you can make. There is a better ratio of carbs:fat. Tell me why you might think I’m wrong or don’t agree, in comments below.

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3 thoughts on “FoodSize – With dairy, is low-fat really better than regular?

  • April 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I once read that in order to make something low fat (or lower anything that it isn’t naturally), means that something is being put in to replace it.

    With dairy I try to choose products that are made with 2% or part-skim. I think they taste the same and I don’t think those products are as guilty of adding something in favor of reducing milk fat.

    Does anyone know any different?

  • April 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I agree with you both! Sometimes we tend to look at low fat as the healthier choice and instead we end up eating more carbohydrates which eventually stores as fat since there is only a certain amount your body can use. Go Natural/Regular and weight lost will come I say!

  • April 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I completely agree! The regular version also leads to greater satiety, on both a physical and a psychological level. Many of my clients who choose low-fat versions of various foods end up over-eating these products because they don’t satisfy them and they taste cr*p or like cardboard so they don’t satisfy their pallet either. On top of that, for many ‘low-fat’ is connected to feelings of deprivation which can (on a psychological level) lead to over-eating too. Not to mention the high sugar content of certain lower fat products (as you mention) and the consequenses on body weight that goes hand-in-hand with that. I often find when clients exchange low-fat products for the regular version, they end up eating less and can actually LOSE weight!


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