So the other day I went to Yogurtland. Yes, it's true I love Yogurtland. Ice cream, gelato, fro yo, definitely my guilty pleasure. And you know what? There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Anyway, I digress. As I sat eating my fro yo, I overheard a conversation between three women that went a little something like this:
Woman 1 (while eating her sample): "You're right, this passion fruit hibiscus is so good"
Woman 2 (while eating her large fro yo) : "Why didn't you get any?"
Woman 1: "Because I'm on a diet."
Woman 3 (also eating a large fro yo): "We all are, but this is fat free. It's good for you."
All I could think of was OMG, are you kidding me? Sure, the fro-yo's fat free, it beats full fat ice cream, but the sugar in that fro-yo? Well that's turning into fat almost as soon as it enters your body. Don't think that's on the diet plan.
Most foods with "Free" (specifically fat free or sugar free) are full of disgusting ugly chemicals that are so bad for you it's not even funny. In fact, one of my favorite bloggers just posted (here) on the scary side effects of sugar free... Yikes.
Furthermore, I can't even tell you how many times I've heard people say "Oh, that brownie doesn't count because it's gluten-free (or vegan)" Ummm, okay... did you check the calorie count?
Like I said before, I'm all for a little indulgence. I have a major sweet tooth. However, just because something is Fat Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Raw, etc etc does not make it healthy, calorie free or on the diet plan. Bottom line: Know what you are putting into your body! Check the calorie count on vegan, gluten free and dairy free foods and stay far, far away from artificial sweeteners found in sugar free and fat free "diet" foods.
Eat foods in their most natural state and if you're indulging in a sweet treat, don't pretend it's healthy. xo