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Stay Away From The Lite

One of the most disturbing trends in “healthy” food lately is the whole “Diet,” “Lite,” “No-Calorie” fad. People become so excited when they can have their favorite soda without the calories, or their favorite salad-dressing or potato chips with half the fat.
Do they ever stop to ask themselves: “If they took out the fat and sugar, and it still kind of tastes the same, what the hell am I eating now, exactly? What did they put in to replace those seemingly-key ingredients?”
First of all, healthy fats (not that there are any in widely-available chips or dressings) are vital to human nutrition. Second of all, calories are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. If you’re evaluating your eating habits by grams of fat or calories eaten, you’re way off-track already.
But that’s the least of the trouble with these products. Sure, diet soda has no calories. Neither does super-glue or Windex. Does that make them good for you—and if they tasted good, would you drink them?
I’m not saying that there’s super glue or Windex in diet foods, but there are plenty of chemicals and artificial flavors and ‘replacement’-type products that your body was never intended to have, or at the very least not in the quantity you’ll be having them.
If you don’t believe these additives are bad news, read a little bit about propylene glycol (a kind of anti-freeze in your salad dressing!), or aspartame (which breaks down into formaldehyde and methanol at 86 degrees!)—just to name a couple. I bet you’ll change your mind.
It’s important to remember that these foods are industrial products. They didn’t grow out of the ground, and your body has no idea what to do with them.
Also, it’s very difficult to test the effects of any one additive, because (1) people already have so many additives in their systems and (2) the contribution of these additives to chronic illnesses could take decades to recognize.
It’s tempting to look for the easy solution, especially if you’ve been frustrated in the past with efforts to get healthy. But soda and cookies, in any form, are not going to help you. The refined sugars in the originals are bad enough, but the chemicals in the “lite” versions are even worse.
Don’t fall for it—don’t live and die by the calories and fat grams in your food. Give your body natural foods that it can handle, and it will take care of itself.

One of the most disturbing trends in “healthy” food lately is the whole “Diet,” “Lite,” “No-Calorie” fad. People become so excited when they can have their favorite soda without the calories, or their favorite salad-dressing or potato chips with half the fat.

Do they ever stop to ask themselves: “If they took out the fat and sugar, and it still kind of tastes the same, what the hell am I eating now, exactly? What did they put in to replace those seemingly-key ingredients?”

First of all, healthy fats (not that there are any in widely-available chips or dressings) are vital to human nutrition. Second of all, calories are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. If you’re evaluating your eating habits by grams of fat or calories eaten, you’re way off-track already.

But that’s the least of the trouble with these products. Sure, diet soda has no calories. Neither does super-glue or Windex. Does that make them good for you—and if they tasted good, would you drink them?

I’m not saying that there’s super glue or Windex in diet foods, but there are plenty of chemicals and artificial flavors and ‘replacement’-type products that your body was never intended to have, or at the very least not in the quantity you’ll be having them.

If you don’t believe these additives are bad news, read a little bit about propylene glycol (a kind of anti-freeze in your salad dressing!), or aspartame (which breaks down into formaldehyde, formic acid, and methanol at 86 degrees!)—just to name a couple. I bet you’ll change your mind.

It’s important to remember that these foods are industrial products. They didn’t grow out of the ground, and your body has no idea what to do with them.

Also, it’s very difficult to test the effects of any one additive, because (1) people already have so many additives in their systems and (2) the contribution of these additives to chronic illnesses could take decades to recognize.

It’s tempting to look for the easy solution, especially if you’ve been frustrated in the past with efforts to get healthy. But soda and cookies, in any form, are not going to help you. The refined sugars in the originals are bad enough, but the chemicals in the “lite” versions are even worse.

Don’t fall for it—don’t live and die by the calories and fat grams in your food. Give your body natural foods that it can handle, and it will take care of itself.

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