We’d all like to be bikini-ready for the summer season, so let’s talk about ‘diet-friendly foods’.
Every summer, the thought of being fit for the season pushes us to change our diet to try and shed those extra pounds. Light or diet products that are sugar free with 30% less fat are appealing. But the latest research suggests that too “light” is not always the best when it comes to nutrition. If it’s true that the consumption of diet or low calorie snacks is a way to lose weight, it’s also true that those foods aren’t very nutritional and often contain unhealthy added ingredients.
Beware of “no added sugar”. It’s best to check whether sweeteners have been added, as these are best avoided in children under the age of three and in pregnant or breast-feeding women.
Sometimes “eating light” can actually make us eat more, therefore reducing the benefit of these low calorie products. They’re a recipe for binging. Think about “light” crisps. They certainly have a few less grams of fat, but it’s still a snack with a high salt content, and salt is something to avoid if trying to lose weight.
Full-fat or skimmed milk? And what about water?
In the case of dairy products and other foods containing milk, common sense has always been to opt for those products with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, as they are lighter. But today there’s a nutrition revolution going on. Crystal Ball analysts who predict yearly trends for Fortune say that 2016 will see a rise in sales of full-fat milk, butter, cheese and yogurt. This is because the fat in full-fat milk isn’t bad for you. On the contrary, it helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E or K. High quality milk producers are inviting the public to eat less in terms of quantity, but more full-fat, “wholesome” food. This is a real crusade in the name of Real Food, and something that we will hear more about in the near future.
Another popular drink that is supposed to help weight loss is water. Research carried out on over a million students and conducted by the New York University School of Medicine showed that in those institutes where water vending machines were prevalent, there was a reduction in body mass index and students were less likely to be overweight or obese. The authors of the research concluded that water vending machines could play an important role in the fight against obesity in schools.
So it’s not (just) about light food, healthy and fresh foods are also important, if they’re locally sourced and readily available then even better.
And of course, we’re ready!