Fat Vs Sugar

It was with great interest that I watched Horizon’s Fat Vs Sugar.  Identical twins following different diets for a month; one full of fat and very low sugar and one full of sugar and very low fat.  The conclusion to this programme was that the worst things to eat are foods which are high in both fat and sugar such as doughnuts, ice-cream and cheesecake.  This is because such foods seem to effect grehlin which is a “hunger hormone” which is helps tell us when we are hungry, or not.  When we (and rats !) eat foods with a 50:50 fat to sugar ratio, we don’t realise we are full even though we have consumed more calories than a healthier alternative would have provided.   I was surprised by the conclusion as I was sure the high sugar diet would be the worst, based on books I have recently by John Yudkin, Robert Lustig and David Gillespie.

If you think about it, are there any foods in nature with the highly desirable but potentially deadly combination of 50:50 fat and sugar?  I can not think of any.  Foods tend to be either fat or sugar and we, us humans, combine them.  Hopefully, since I have given up sugar and dairy so am therefore eating a low sugar and fairly low fat diet, i.e. cutting down on both food types,  I am eating healthily.

I was working from home again today due to a poorly boy again.  So we both ate simply but healthily.  I cooked a big pile of green leaves for breakfast.  Swiss Chard, onions chard and onions and pink and green kale from the garden.pink and green kale I made egg fried rice but varied how I cook it today.  I usually push the cooked rice and vegetables to the side to cook the egg and then mix them together.  But today I spread the rice and veggies out across the pan and poured the egg on top and left it to cook, then flipped it over.  Same calories either way you cook it but it makes a change.breakfast 30-1-14 402 calories.egg rice omeletteI always enjoy a decent coffee, especially now I drink it black.  I particularly like the fact we visited this lovely farm where the coffee is produced.  Happy memories.
Jacques coffee grounds Quick and easy lunch.  Half this jar of soup.  This was delicious and I have ordered another.Biona Lentil soup Eaten with a salmon fillet.

438 calories.salmon and soup There was a very bright and well formed double rainbow over my house today. One good thing about the endless rain we are enduring.double rainbowDinner was half a baked potato served with half a mashed avocado and half a chicken breast.

402 caloriesdinner 30-1-14

My dinner was made up of 3 halves,  partly because I was sharing it with someone small but also because I was over my calorie allowance.  It was impossible for me to get out to exercise and I had used up some calories by adding soya milk to tea and eating an apple.  If I had managed a walk I would have been within calories.  Hey ho, I am not much over.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Fat Vs Sugar

  1. suzjones says:

    Australia also has a great tea producer (from North Queensland also) – Daintree Tea. There is another company that uses Daintree tea and makes tea blends that are awesome as well. If you’re interested I’ll get the details of them. Their chai is beautiful.

  2. laura1952 says:

    I’m glad to see you didn’t cut out the good fat. My theory is there is no “bad” fat unless it comes from animals filled with antibiotics and growth hormones. Everything in moderation. Our bodies NEED fat in order for them to work properly, but we need fat that is absorbed into our bodies upon eating it, like Coconut Oil, Avocados, etc. and not fat that sits for months inside our stomachs trying to digest. It still never stops me from eating “free from” bacon.

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