I’m regularly on the look-out for the latest things in the news regarding food and nutrition. It seems every day there’s some new information released that what we’ve been eating for years may or may not be killing us slowly. Diet soda for example, was literally advertised as a healthier alternative to regular soda when it was first put on the market. Now we all know that it’s basically drinking a mild form of liquid poison for our bodies. Studies compared the mouths of regular methamphetamine and cocaine users to those who drank diet soda for years…there was no real difference. It seems when products are advertising that they’re “diet” or “low sodium” these products are being made with even more harmful ingredients meant to substitute what they’ve taken out.
Speaking of that exact thing, let’s discuss “low fat”. In some of the research I was doing this past weekend I came across something extremely unsettling. There is an ingredient being put into snack food that this country is actively giving its children but is banned in numerous other countries across the world. Olestra, or Olean (they rebranded after being called out very negatively in the news), is a fat substitute that adds no fat, calories or cholesterol to products. That sounds like a good thing right? Well, in this case, it’s not. Olestra actually prohibits your body from absorbing the things it really needs, like essential vitamins. When our bodies are deprived of these things the side effects are pretty bad. The least significant ones are bloating, cramping and diarrhea.
A study was done where half the rats were given “low fat” Olean-containing potato chips while the other half were given regular full fat potato chips. The first group with Olean not only gained significantly more weight but they actually ended up going back to eat more chips overall. This ingredient is not recognized by our bodies so rather than digesting it, we store it as fat and don’t get the message from our brains that we’re full. Then we keep eating. Fake fats are known to screw around with the process our bodies take to metabolize foods.
Are you ready to hear what foods our grocery stores sell that have Olean?!
- Nabisco Fat Free Ritz crackers
- Fat free Wheat Thins
- Fat free Pringles
- many kinds of microwavable popcorn
I’ve already come to terms with the fact that my last bag of Doritos was actually my last bag. Remember, these snack foods are such a popular product here in the U.S. and they are making this government billions of dollars every year. Revealing the truth about the harm in what’s actually in it and doing the right thing about it would surely hurt their profits. Stay educated my friends.