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Whether or not you look as cool as Selena Gomez on a shopping trolley, supermarkets are overwhelming places. There are so many products on the shelves, screaming at you for attention with call outs like "Low-Fat", "Fat-Free", "Reduced-Fat", "Skim", there might as well be an aisle called "FAT IS BAD" and they can just chuck them all in there.

But should you go down that aisle? Is fat really bad? Is "Fat-Free" really better? The short answer is no, so we'll run you through why with as little 'sciencey' speak as possible, because yawn.

"Fat-Free" Often Means "Highly Processed" And Loaded With Chemicals

When food manufacturers want to make a product "free of fat" or "low in fat" they need to alter it and this is the beginning and the end of the problem. Highly processed foods are always bad, and natural is always better. Doesn't matter how much marketing a brand throws at you, if you remember this you will be better off for it.

To alter foods to remove the fat, manufactures still need it to taste good and have an appealing colour and texture. So what do they do? They add stuff. Thickeners, sweeteners, sugars, emulsifiers, flours and bucket loads of salt. Things that our babe Mother Nature never intended to be put in your body.

"Fat-Free" Also Means "Increased Sugar"

A lot of women will pick up at "Fat-Free" item because they're trying to lose weight and they're keeping track of calories. Unfortunately, these reduced fat options don't actually translate to less calories or energy because the fat is always replaced with something such as refined carbohydrates and sugars. So in attempt to end the Fat vs Sugar debate I just started in one sentence, some fats are good for you, no sugars are good for you. But perhaps that is a blog post for another day...

Some Fats Are Good For You

So lets go back to this "some fats are good for you thing". Fats are essential for our bodies to properly function, but this only applies to the good types. If you're choosing the right type of fats, they can actually help you to burn body fat as they're a critical element to your metabolic function. Eat fat, increase metabolism... Sounds pretty damn good to us. This "FAT IS BAD" message, is only relevant to highly processed, trans and bad saturated fats.

So what fats are good for you? Here are our top picks to enjoy in moderation;
Nuts
Seeds
Fish (like wild salmon and tuna)
Avocado
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Nut Butter
Organic Grass Fed Butter
Lean Meats
Eggs
Dark Chocolate

And what reduced fat foods should you ALWAYS avoid?
Yoghurt
Milk
Baked Goods
Salad Dressing
Peanut Butter
Granola
Ice Cream
Potato Chips
Frozen Meals

Of course, don't just take our word for it, do your research. But type this stuff into google and you will always find 21,500,000 different opinions who all say there is a study to prove their findings. So again we're just going to do what we do best and simplify our message as best we can for our babes. 

Natural food is never bad for you... unless you eat like a truck load of fruit and overdose on some natural sugar. But you get what we're saying. If you read the ingredients list and recognise every ingredient in there, you're not making a bad decision and your body will thank you for it.

Speaking of products your body (and your taste buds) will thank you for... How about a protein ball? SHOP.

 

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