It always strikes me as nonsensical that simply labeling a food item as “fat free” or “low fat” immediately links that item with an idea of health, diet, and weight loss. Of course, the notion of reducing fat intake as a means of reducing body fat has the appeal of sounding logical and straightforward. But is it?
Imagine I gave you a pack of sugar. Fats? None. Fat-free? Absolutely. Healthy? Conducive to a decrease in weight? Certainly not. And here comes my first point: most low fat and fat free products are very high in sugars/carbohydrates. Imagine what happens to a “dieter” who commits to a low fat diet, without regard for other nutrients…almost certainly this will be a dieting disaster, and a very unhealthy one.
But there is an additional problem (my second point), that has to do with understanding fats with more specificity: not all fats are created equal, and drastically reducing plant-based fats in your diet can in fact be dangerous.
The Harvard School of Public Health offers an in-depth and accessible overview of the aforementioned concerns, and goes deeper. Check it out here, be sure to substitute animal fats with oils derived from plants, and, most importantly, GO VEGAN!