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6 Risks of Eating a Low-Fat Diet

How Low Can You Go? The Big Fat Truth about Low-Fat Diets


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  • lots of good information
  • To add to ESMERELDA12's comment: Most people already consume enough fat (not to mention too much fat) because it is found in virtually ALL natural, non-processed foods. Protein sources, whether animal, tofu, or legume, all contain fat. Whole grains, seeds, and nuts can be quite high in fat. Even vegetables contain a trivial amount of fat from cell membranes and other plant structures, although the amount of fat is too small to be significant. Fat, even "healthy" fat, contains 9 calories per gram, making it the most calorie-dense food group. That can add up to A LOT of extra calories that really could be avoided by choosing low-fat or fat-free alternatives. The best example is dairy: fat free milk, yogurt, or cheese often have about HALF the calories of their full-fat counterparts. Depending on how you eat them, you probably wouldn't even notice the difference. As Esmerelda also said, that doesn't mean you should substitute additional sugar or refined starches for the missing fat, but even with processed foods, it is very possible to find fat-free or low-fat products that do NOT contain added carbohydrates. You just have to read the labels.
    Thanks for sharing
  • oddly enough, my problem is in getting enough fat on most days of the week. I do try to keep it in the recommended amount, but for I do seem to have a problem doing so.
  • Found this article real eye opening.
  • Misleading argument based on spurious, poorly done research. And 30-35% fat is not a low-fat diet. While it is true that replacing fat with sugar is a bad idea, this misrepresents the true advocates of actual low fat diets. The advice is to reduce the consumption of animal products to plant foods.
  • I eat 1600 calories a day and 30-32% fat as I have too low cholesterol and it needs to be raised,advised to avoid low fat dairy. In Canada the low fat products do not have added sugar. I see on many labels they do in the U.S. our no fat yogurt has 35 calories per. serving, the U.S. one on Spark People has 100 calories per. serving because it has added sugar, ours does not. Your light ice cream has 100 calories per. 1/2 cup and I buy gourmet regular ice cream at 100 calories per. 1/2 cup.
  • I try to keep an eye on the saturated fats in my diet as well as staying away from trans fats. But otherwise, I don't have to keep a close eye on the fats in my diet. I could probably stand to add a little more healthy fats to my diet
    Old article definitely needs updating.
  • Low fat fad of the 90s? Ha! I'd been advised to eat low/no fat since I was maybe 12 years old, and I'm 64 now. I've had breast cancer and melanoma, and high cholesterol. I wonder how much that dietician-given advice harmed me?
  • Read "The Big Fat Lie" by Nina Teicholz, and then start ignoring any and all nutrition advice that comes from the guv'mint.
    Eating adequate amounts of healthy fat "grease" the skids so to speak, "eliminating" constipation issues for most people. For me, eating too light causes that "heavy" feeling. Enough said.
    This article may need updating. There is now a study that says "good" cholestorol is no longer a thing.

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