General Health Healthy Living

Sugar vs Fat

Sugar or Fat which is worse for you? Well it’s not really that simple because having a healthy diet its as easy as eliminating something like fat or sugar in fact it’s all about having balance in the foods we eat.

The national institute of health recommends eliminating both bad fats and sugar as part of a healthy diet. So what exactly are bad fats?

Bad fats typically are trans fats also called partially hydrogenated oils. These increase your risk for disease even when consumed in small amounts, Yikes! The FDA has proposed putting a ban on trans fats in processed food and many food makers have cut back on using artificial trans fat but you may still find it in these types of foods:

  • Crackers, cookies, cakes, frozen pies, and other baked goods
  • Snack foods (such as microwave popcorn)
  • Frozen pizza
  • Fast-food
  • Vegetable shortenings and some stick margarines
  • Coffee creamer
  • Refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits and cinnamon rolls)
  • Ready-to-use frostings

But just as bad for your body are empty calories found in these bad fats and sugar. Foods that add the most empty calories according to the USDA, include:

  • Cakes, cookies, pastries, and donuts
  • Fried foods
  • Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and ribs
  • Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks

Americans average about 20 teaspoons of added sugars per day, compared to the recommended 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. (That doesn’t include sugar found naturally in foods like fruits and milk.

The problem is while “bad” fats and refined sugar are both not good for your body, sugar is typically added in more of the simple foods we eat like bread, pasta sauce, and protein bars. So even when we think we are being more healthy we are over consuming sugar. Even low fat items are typically replaced with high doses of sugar for taste.

So what can we do about it?

  1. Read Labels

It is really important that we read the labels on our food and are able to understand what we are putting in our bodies. Fat and sugar are not bad but having too much of either is a problem. That’s why it’s important to look at the serving size and eat good proportions of the food we buy.

  1. Educate Ourselves

being able to understand what to put in our bodies really only comes with research. And this information may change overtime as new studies come out. But being informed is the best thing you can do for your body.

  1. Spend Our Money in the Right Places

Where we spend our money is letting companies know what is important to us. If we only buy grass fed beef and not the processed cheaper stuff we are letting those other companies know that isn’t what we want and ultimately the companies will need to change their products to be able to get our money/ votes. It’s so important to understand our influence with our spending and make the right choices for our bodies.

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