By Scott Newman, CCNN Guest Writer
You have probably heard that if you want to be healthy, you need to eat low-fat foods and lots of fruits and veggies. This seems to be common sense because if you don’t want to be fat then surely you should eat low-fat foods. As a result, as you walk through the grocery store with your parents, you will likely see lots of health foods labeled as low fat.
In fact, many of the foods that are low in fat content are actually very unhealthy for us because they have been processed with machines and chemicals in order to remove the fat while keeping tasty flavor.
While everyone agrees that fruits and vegetables are important to a healthy diet, many nutritionists now believe that real, whole foods (including fatty meats) are essential for us to be healthy. What is real or whole food? It is food that comes to us basically as it was raised on the farm and has undergone little or no processing.
Why is this important? Processing often removes the nutrients from food that our body needs or makes food hard for our bodies to digest. So, while processed foods may be low in fat, they often don’t have anything nutritious that truly helps our bodies. As a result, our bodies can’t use these foods for fuel and it simply stores it as fat until it can figure out what to do with it.
So, if you want to be healthy, consider eating fruits, veggies and whole, unprocessed meats and grains.