By guestblogs
Updated: February 15, 2017

 

Back in the 1990s, there was a low-fat craze that, ironically, left the U.S. fatter than ever. Why? Because countless new fat-free foods were introduced – and we somehow felt justified eating them in excess. (“I can eat this entire box of chocolate cookies. They’re fat free!”)

Of course, fat free does not mean calorie free, which many of us realized when we could no longer zip our pants. But we’re wiser now. We know that some fats, like those in salmon and avocados, are good for us. We know that whole, unprocessed foods beat the nutritional pants off packaged, processed stuff. We know about moderation.

So maybe it’s time to give a low-fat diet a second chance. It can actually be great for you, whether you want to shed some pounds or lower your cholesterol. Here are some basics you should know about a modern, low-fat diet:

 

Author: Hope Cristol

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/diet/themes/lowfat.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/fat-grams/faq-20058496

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/eat/fd_exch.htm

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