ELLE Food Column – Myth Buster Light Products

So in the end you eat less fat, but much more calories...

First we all had to use light products because it was so good and now it appears that it might a bit different. So what’s is the deal with these light products? Our ELLE health expert Sophia Sorgen explains how they work and why the original was so bad. So this week we have a real myth buster.

What exactly are light products?
Light is a term we use for products that have at least 1/3rd less calories, fat, sugar or alcohol compared to the standard or normal product. Most people who choose a light product, do this because they want to lose weight. For example, fat, many people still think that fat is bad for you. But there are good and bad fats and your body needs good fats to properly work. If you take out the fat from the original product, very little remains of the actual product and it is not good to eat. Certainly not given the amount of artificial additives that toke the place of the fat to make eatable. So in the end you eat less fat, but much more calories … The same goes for sugar extracted from soft drinks.

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Go with the original
As a nutritionist, I am always for fresh products with no additives, and for several reasons. It’s better for your health because you have not consumed all kinds of e-numbers and other synthetic additives. But if your goal is weight loss than you often get more calories with diet products than with the original product. In addition, you often only get only hungrier, because there is nothing in these processed light products. It is basically empty and hollow food. Real food with the good fats still in it will actually help you to loss those extra kilos or pounds. What are good fats? A few examples are; fish, seeds, nuts, avocados, olive oil and many more.

Synthetic Additives
Synthetics (E-numbers) are substances that are produced in the laboratory. The copy of the substance is also found in nature, we call it a nature-identical substance. It is much cheaper to make a synthetic substance in the laboratory then to use the real deal from plants. Are all E-numbers bad? No, not all of them, but many of the E-numbers don’t have a good influence on your health. Would you like to know what E- numbers are harmful and which are not. Then buy the handy booklet written by Corinne Couget ‘What’s in your food? ”

Lots of love,
Sophia

Do you have a question about nutrition and how it works or want to know whether something is real or a nutrition myth? Send an email to actie@elleeten.nl o.v.v. “Sophia Sorgen” and Sophia might answer your question in a future blog.