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Low fat food=low calorie food?

Low fat food=low calorie food?

The craze for low fat food is still on, where everyone hunts for low fat dishes to cut down calories. It is a wise decision to follow, but is it a practical decision is my question. If the fat content has been cut down, then the taste and the quality too comes down. If the high calorie flavoring agent is missing, then it is replaced by another such as fat is replaced by sugar.

The fat content is displayed less as fat content can be read very easily rather than sugar as it is written in the form of carbohydrates which you would woefully ignore if you are from the non nutritional back ground.

So do not fall for all the low fat food available, they have anyways balanced the calories with other ingredients.

Also cooking with artificial sweeteners too can be misleading as they say measure like sugar and cook but hello what about the fat you have added.

For example, Carrot halwa with artificial sweeteners and the quantity of ghee or clarified butter remains the same.

Low fat butter- instead of half teaspoon, you are tricked into one teaspoon.

Low fat yogurt- 100 ml of regular curd contains 3 grams of fat and the low fat version 1.5 grams of fat. So if you eat 200 ml of curd, you get the same amount of fat ie 3 grams and plus calories from protein and carbohydrates too are doubled.

We console ourselves by eating the low fat versions and think eating a little more is allowed. If you are trying to control your weight, then all you are doing is ruining your efforts.

Add fat to your breakfast

Add fat to your breakfast

Just as we know breakfast is a very important meal for the day, it is very important to balance it too. Predominantly carbohydrates are always present in the form of bread and cornflakes. Proteins come in the form of eggs and milk. But what about fat? Fat usually is very less in breakfast rather than other meals.

I say including some fat in this meal is very important. As our body needs to function well and also helps you to fill up. Keeps you active and energetic for your morning shuttle to office or at home once you start vacuuming and cleaning.

The best choices are the ones which give you the healthy fats such as the mono unsaturated fats.

Adding nuts is very helpful. Especially for kids, very active people and pregnant women.

A dash of olive oil to the veggies in the sandwich can help and so also flaxseeds which are very rich in omega-3 fats.

Avocado is the best choice which has twin benefits as it is a fruit as well as gives you the good fats. It is a very good start for a day as it has fiber which can stabilize your blood sugars as well provide Vitamin B and E.

It can be added in a sandwich or a salad along with other veggies or it can be mashed and be applied on bread slices.

A thin layer of low fat butter which is fortified with Vitamin A and E is also equally good.

Stay away from fats such as ghee, full fat butter, deep fried food which are all very harmful for health.

High energy but yet calorie controlled snacks can help you to be charged through out the day.