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For years we've been told that low fat and no cholesterol is better for us but what they didn't tell us is that there's actually no scientific backing for this claim. Furthermore by the time we've processed foods to make them low fat, they've been through a nasty chemical treatment, and then we add masses of sugar because by removing the fat, they remove the flavour!

I really wonder why we haven't been told that there is good and bad fat, and good and bad cholesterol. And why haven't we been told how our bodies NEED fat and cholesterol?

Have you stopped buying low fat food and started choosing GOOD fats and cholesterols instead?

Did you know that they fill low fat food with sugar?

Do you think the low fat industry needs to be held accountable for the misinformation they are spreading?

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Yes. I'm more interested in avoiding sugar than fat, as excess sugar consumption can lead to all sorts of illnesses. Fat in moderation isn't going to hurt anyone, and the stuff that's had it taken out often has extra sugar or worse still artificial flavours and sweeteners to compensate for the lack of taste.
Yes, I've read and watched several programs about it. It hasn't stopped me buying low fat foods, but I always look at the other nutrition factors too.
I've definitely stopped buying low fat. When I heard it was bad for me I threw a party, because I like my food to have FLAVOUR, and low fat food was always just watery and sweet …. now I know why!
I have heard that foods that are processed to be low fat are bad - foods that are naturally low fat tend to be healthy though (fruit and veg!). I do use reduced fat dairy - but pretty much everything else I don't bother looking for low fat. I do look at other nutrition info if I'm buying processed food (which is more often than I should) - such as sugar and salt content as well as other additives. I've been adding plenty of natural fats to our diets such as avocado, eggs and nuts - yum!

Did you know that normal milk is less than 4% fat, although of course its called full fat, but that is misleading. If it were 1% lower in fat it would be classed as low fat.
by meggf
Yeah...It's silly how they label the milk - it's not exactly a high fat food to begin with! I honestly just prefer the taste now though, full cream tastes funny to me. Although I keep full cream milk for the kids.
by lizzi
I have never (knowingly) bought low-fat or 'lite' products. My grandparents survived on lard. Not one of them had cardiovascular disease. Low-fat diets are fads and are based on nothing but the fabrications of those looking to make a profit.
by Vee
I don't buy low fat or lite any more!! A doctor told me they cause arthritis inflammation!!
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