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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Why Fat-Free?

I asked hubs to run to the store to get half and half for me, since I had forgotten it at my weekly grocery store run. For me, half and half is MANDATORY for coffee - I can go without sugar, but not the cream. He was kind enough to make a stop and pick some up for me after work so that a woman wouldn't be deprived of her morning coffee.

I opened it the next morning without looking, because the need for coffee was strong. Nothing happens before coffee. Nothing.

I thought the coffee had a rather slimy texture, but it was coffee and I was tired so I stopped thinking. The next morning, I thought the same thing. And the next. Finally, I looked at the half and half more closely to realize poor hubs had picked up the "fat free" version. Whut! Nooooooooo.


Have you seen the ingredient list on that crap?! In case you haven't, there are 11 ingredients, only one of which I could pronounce. Do you know how many are supposed to be in half and half? One: Partially skimmed cream.



Here's the thing, friends. Fat won't make you fat. Fat (yes, even from dairy sources!) is part of a complete diet. That fat helps your body process the proteins that usually come along with fat. If you consume protein with no fat, your body doesn't digest the protein. I'm looking at you, egg white eaters! (Eat the whole egg to adsorb the protein AND get the vitamins in the yolk. Worried about calories? Eat fewer eggs. Simple as that.)

I digress.

This "fat free half and half" with all those fake and chemical-laden ingredients supports an environment in your body that promotes cell mutations. Cell mutations lead to diseases, including cancer. I cannot for the life of me understand why people continue to buy this crap! Why is it still on the shelves? Why do American's love to put fake food in their bodies? Why do we wonder why disease is on the rise in this country?

Stop buying fat-free garbage. Including skim milk (they add chemicals to it to color it so that it's actually appealing enough to drink - otherwise it would look like blue-watery-mucus. Which is what it is.) Fat, consumed in moderate quantities, doesn't make you fat. In fact, it's good for you! These chemicals are not.

Needless to say, I promptly dumped that "creamer" down the drain.

19 comments:

  1. you said it!! I'm with you on this 100% and am all for eating healthy fats. Those zero calorie & low fat drinks are pretty gross and full of unpronounceable chemicals. I'd choose something natural (like half & half with just cream) over that processed stuff any day. And yup, waking up without the right ingredients for your ideal coffee is horrible. I ran out of almond milk (my ingredient of choice) and almost cried. True story. :)

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    1. Oh gosh, I didn't even get into low and zero calorie drinks! How absolutely disgusting! Maybe that will be another post in the future...

      Glad you're with me on the coffee! I've cried out in pain when we ran out of half and half. Worst morning discovery ever!

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  2. Give me all the dairy fat. All of it. Fat free half and half is just wrong. That's what half and half is, basically. Gross.

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    1. Exactly! Who are these people eating reduced fat cheese (what do they replace the fat with?!) and skim milk yogurt?! Gross! That is NOT how those products are supposed to be made.

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  3. 11 ingredients?! That's scary.

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  4. When I did weight watchers I ate everythinggggg fat free, then when I switched over to clean eating and started reading ingredients labels it BLEW my mind!! Thank you for this PSA! Could not agree more!

    And also, nothing nothing happens before coffee in my house either!

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    1. I ate all the fat free foods and diet coke in high school... All of it! I look back in pics and I had a grey-ish skin tone! How disgusting is that? I"m SO glad you've found happiness and health with clean eating! No more calorie counting, just eating REAL, good foods. Isn't it a relief?

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  5. wow, i'm with Tracy - 11 ingredients is scary!!
    is 2% ok? at home, the 'light' milk is called 'lite white' and thats what we always drank - i have only ever had a glass of full milk once and it made me sick it was so heavy. my husband bought 2% when i met him and because i don't understand the % names, and it tastes ok, i go along with it. otherwise, for everything else i'm all about full fat - though i try and eat healthy fats like avocados ;) i drink almond milk more than dairy milk - milk has never sat right for me, especially after watching all the documentaries on netflix! even when i eat something bad like chips, ice cream or cake.. i still go for the full fat stuff. if i'm gonna be fat may as well go all out!

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    1. I drink 2%! Like you, I can't quite get behind whole... It's a bit like melted ice cream! But 2% has enough fat in it that they don't need to add anything to it to make it appealing, it's just milk. And don't feel bad about going for the full fat stuff! When there's full fat, you eat less of it because it's more satisfying. I'd take a quarter cup of gelatto over a full cup of reduced fat ice cream any day!

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  6. YES! Thank you! The real stuff (even with more calories and fat) is always better for you than the fake stuff. I love half and half or whole milk in my coffee. Besides, a healthy amount of fat in your diet makes hair shiny and skin look better. It's all for the sake of beauty, right? Haha! =)

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    1. Ha! An added benefit I forget to include in this post Miranda! Yes, beauty comes from the inside (literally - not just talking about personality here, but what you consume affects your looks)!

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  7. It's always blown my mind how many people think eating the "light" or fat free versions of food is better for them. Check your ingredients people! Eating whole, real foods it the best way to be healthy–it's the basis of good health! Thanks for sharing this. :)

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    1. Yes yes yes and yes to everything you just said! What you eat is the basis for your health, so if you're getting drive thru garbage and "counteracting it" with fat free nonsense, you're destined to not be a very healthy person. Consistently eating whole foods is the way to go!

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  8. I didn't even know they made fat free half and half. What's the point?! I'm not a big dairy person in general. I don't like milk and only eat greek yogurt every so often. Just say no to ingredients you can't pronounce, haha!

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    1. Exactly, why even bother?! I'm from the Midwest, so I LOVE dairy. But not that "dairy"! That's not even real food. That's just garbage. And yes, don't eat crap you can't pronounce!

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  9. I'm 100% with you - I never buy fat free - so much sugar or fake stuff in there to make up for the fat being gone LOL! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  10. That's exactly right! They replace all the fat with sugar, which is what makes fat cells in the first place. Why switch out fat for sugar?! Makes no sense.

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  11. Can look at my blog for nutritional facts of low fat, and fat free food at grocery stores.

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