Fat Free? Not for Me!

Hopefully your Labor Day weekend was fruitful.

Get it?  FRUIT-FULL?  Actually I sincerely hope you all get a lot done for the Lord, and for your families… and for your taking care of you body!  I got some rest – which was much needed.

We had a nice dinner today with my husband’s parents.  They always prepare delicious foods, and are generous with hospitality…  They also try to be health conscientious because they deal with diabetes, and they know we’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle as well.  (We appreciate that!)  As you can probably guess, the older we get, the harder it is for us to make changes, as we get set in our “ways” and bad habits.  The time is NOW to turn those habits into GOOD ones for Him.

One of the things I’ve noticed, when one goes through the dietary “classes” for diabetes… is they focus on getting you onto low-carb diets, that aren’t always the best for your body all the way around.  It seems like a short term band-aid, that for some – is a life-long battle!

Oh I understand, their immediate job is to get your body back to regulating as best as possible, however, it’s sad to me, that the education has a large hole in some of the artificial sweeteners and additives that are ignored or pushed on you as a solution.

It makes me wonder… are we just trading one problem for another?  Let’s MASK this one, so we can look for other issues caused down the line?

When I started the classes it was a no brainer to get rid of regular pop, but should the option pushed be “diet pop”??  Did they talk to me about what is in DIET pop?  No.  They pushed lots of other artificial sweeteners, in the name of “low carb”… and at the time, I just didn’t want any more restrictions so I ignored knowing that it wasn’t probably good for me at the time.  It my heart, I knew it was a short term crutch – but it still wasn’t God’s best for daily consumption, in the least.

Now, in their defense, they did teach me about carbs and sugars with milks and creams.  They were all going to be about the same carb-wise… so while their “FAT” varied, often times it was smart to go with a full fat or light option of something and have much LESS, than it was to go with a no fat option.

We don't use a lot of cream cheese, but this is the option we usually select if we were going to buy some.

Let’s take a look at how something like that would play out:

I choose Philadelphia Cream Cheese, because it was an ingredient used in a dish today.  I compared the regular, light and fat-free options.  The calories (per serving) went from 100 (regular), 70 (light) to 30 (fat-free).  Of course one is going to assume they want that “least amount of calories.”… Buuuuuuuut… the sodium also goes from 105 (regular), to 140 (light) to 210 (fat-free).  Then, the ingredient list starts to take a major turn south.  Check THIS out:

Regular Cream Cheese: Pasteurized Nonfat Milk and Milkfat, Cheese Culture, Salt,
Stabilizers (Xanthan and/or Carob Bean and/or Guar Gums)

Light Cream Cheese:  Pasteurized nonfat milk and milkfat, cheese culture, whey
protein concentrate, salt, stabilizers (xanthan and/or carob bean and/or guar
gums).

Fat Free:   Protein Concentrated Skim Milk, Cultured Skim Milk, Skim Milk,
contains Less than 2% of Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Sugar Xanthan Gum,
Pasteurized Milk and Cream, Salt, Artificial Color, Carrageenan, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Propionate  as Preservatives, Cheese Culture, Sodium Phosphate, Artificial Flavor, Carob Bean Gum, Vitamin A
Palmitate.

Say WHAT?

Yeah.  I don’t know what most of those words mean (and neither did spell check!)  So….  I’m going to guess they’re pretty far away from what God created for me to consume.

We can see that it’s much smarter to go with a “LIGHT” option, vs. a “FAT FREE” option.  But that isn’t ALWAYS the case.  Each product is different.

In this case, whatever we “gain” in less fat or carbs … we pick up in a double sodium ticket, and a whole LIST of additives to the product…   Basically, in layman terms – it turns a product from a small list of ingredients, into a science project – capable of recreating a sonic boom.  Nice huh?  Those questionable additives are what causes many people some digestive/processing issues in the short-term, and a host of other issues in the long-term.

Again – don’t be fooled by the WORDS or sly marketing.  Be educated and live out a worship of being healthy for Him!

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will  also reap.” – Galatians 6:7

Posted on September 6, 2011, in Change, Label Reading, Truth. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Comparing labels is enough to make my head spin! There is an App called Fooducate that is worth taking a look at. It’s free 🙂 I don’t have an Iphone or ipad 2, so I have to type all the codes in manually on my ipad 1.
    I agree that so many people fall in to that trap that fat free is the way to go.

  2. I hear you, it was a lot to take in at first. But it does have a big pay off! If you don’t know about fooducate yet. Read more about it here:
    https://healthyforhim.net/2011/07/11/god-cares/
    I use it weekly and it’s so fun to scan things! Good for you Nancy for going the extra effort to type the codes in! Commitment!! 😉

  3. Not sure how I missed that post ~ I should’ve known that you already used fooducate 😉

  4. I think it’s great to continue to bring it up though, lots of people still haven’t heard of it – and I’m sure there are other useful apps out there! Hopefully more will share what they use to help keep them healthy! 🙂 Thanks Nancy!!

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