Low fat. We’ve ALL seen those tantalizing words a MILLION times on packages in stores. And most of us have bought it, at LEAST once.
But if you’ve ever forked over your hard-earned cash for a “low-fat” or “no-fat” food, there’s a good chance you bought into a lie. As new research exposes the ugly truth about one common additive in hundreds of common store-bought foods, snacks, and drinks.
This not-so-secret ingredient IS fat-free itself. But the study reveals it can still cause your body to CREATE and STORE the unwanted blubber you’re trying to get rid of.
The result is that paradox we’ve all seen before (maybe a little too up-close and personal). And that’s how going on a “low-fat” diet can actually backfire, leading to MORE junk in the trunk and jiggle in the belly.
Keep reading to discover HOW it happens. And uncover the secret to avoiding it.
The everyday additive making America fat
The new research revealed a key number you’re going to want to remember. And that is 80. Because according to researchers, 80 grams of sugar per day causes your liver to crank out fat like nobody’s business.
And once it gets going, it’s hard to stop. Nearly eight dozen volunteers were given different types of sweeteners daily. And even AFTER participants stopped eating the sugar, their livers kept producing the fat.
Now I’ve seen many folks try to make a claim that “sugar is sugar.” But as we’ve explained before, that’s simply not true. And the new study confirms it.
Fructose and sucrose, in particular, led to DOUBLE the amount of fat production that you’d expect from calorie intake alone. With sucrose being worse than fructose.
In other words, in this case, the sum was essentially MORE than its parts.
The researchers also found something else. Which is that fat production kicks up when you get extra sugar even if you DON’T consume excess calories. This means you could cut back on calories and STILL pack on the pounds.
Hidden sugar sabotages weight loss efforts
So let’s get back to that 80 grams of sugar a day I mentioned earlier.
Eighty grams sounds like a lot of sugar. And that’s because it is. In fact, it’s more than DOUBLE the recommended limit for men and TRIPLE the limit for women.
But it’s ALSO roughly what Americans swallow daily. And we’re not talking about children and their Easter chocolates here. The average American ADULT scarfs down 77 grams of sugar per day.
That’s in part from obvious sources like sodas and sweet snacks. But it’s also hidden in plenty of much less obvious spots. That includes everything from soup to salad dressing to bread.
And in MANY cases, it’s hidden in foods dieters turn to because they say “LOW FAT” on the label. Because when they take out the fat, they take out the flavor. And that means they often dump in extra sugar to make it palatable.
That extra sugar then sabotages any attempt at weight loss, as the new study shows so clearly. Plus, it can contribute to chronic inflammation, rising blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and more.
I’m not the type to lecture folks about following a specific diet. After all, there are a number of good ones out there. They generally involve changing your lifestyle instead of temporary Band-Aid fixes. And they include everything from low-carb to time-restricted eating to the Mediterranean diet.
In the end, you have to choose what’s best for you and what fits into your lifestyle.
But I will offer THIS bit of advice. One of the very best ways to eliminate hidden sugars and other dangerous additives and toxins is to dump all the ultra-processed foods from your diet.
Stick to the fresh stuff, and you can’t go wrong. You’ll eat better. You will almost certainly lose weight. And in the end, you’ll get healthier, too, no matter which diet you decide to follow.