There are more less fat, low fat and no fat products out there than ever. The grocery stores and fast food restaurants are filled with all of these "healthier" alternatives. This can be a good thing if you can read your food labels and know what you are looking for, and a very deceiving harmful thing if you are ignorant to the true food facts. The problem with low or no fat processed foods is that the companies that are selling them know that if it doesn't taste good then you are not going to buy it. So when they cut down on the fat they have usually compensate for the taste in one of two ways, by upping the sodium content or most likely the sugar content.
Sugar is the new fat
I used to be completely oblivious to the effects of sugar on your body. I drank my fair share of soda and would readily eat foods that were deemed low fat but were very high in sugar .I thought that if it was low fat then that is all that mattered in regards to weight loss. In the last 5 years I have taken a great interest in health and fitness and have absorbed a great deal of information on how the body works in relation to nutrition. I eat a relatively clean diet with lots of protein and complex carbohydrates (the good carbohydrates) , and make a very concerted effort to make my diet as healthy as possible. In the last year I have made even more adjustments to my relatively healthy diet, one of the biggest ones being sugar intake. Now it must be noted that sugar, like money, itself is not the root of all evil, but the love of it. In fact sugar is vital to the bodies' natural processes, and burns it to provide energy. The problem is in the over consumption. Sugar is absorbed quickly into the blood stream which then cues the pancreas to create insulin to clear out the blood of excess sugar and fat, to be stored in your tissue for further use, aka Fat. Recent statistics show that the average North American consumes 2 to 3 pounds of sugar a week! Now you might be patting yourself on the back right now because you don't put sugar in your cereal or in your coffee, so you think that you are probably in the clear. The problem with our modern diet is that sugar is packed into so much of what we eat without our realizing it. It is hidden in things that you would never suspect because they aren't sweet. So if you are already someone who reads the labels unfortunately it is time to start checking for more than just the fat, and finding a way to fight the sugar addiction.