What’s Worse for You: Sweet or Fatty Food
On the one hand, we’re told that whole milk products are not as bad as skim. But other experts say that fatty foods are bad for us, so we should have a low-fat diet. At the same time, fatty foods don’t seem all that bad when you compare them to sweet foods. So is any of this even true?
5-Minute Crafts is trying to find the answer to the popular question of which is worse: fatty or sweet foods.
You can read the label on a product to find out how much fat or sugar it contains. But can it be an indicator of whether the product is healthy or harmful to you?
For example, the sweet jam in the picture above is almost 50% sugar, which is added during its production. But if you only use fresh honey and berries, is the jam healthier? And vice versa, if 1 avocado contains 21 grams of fat, why is it not considered unhealthy and often included in the lists of good foods?
Both fatty and sweet foods are considered bad if you mean saturated fats, trans fats, and added sugar.
Saturated fats and trans fats are bad for you because they help create bad cholesterol that can lead to coronary artery disease.
- Saturated fats are found in animal products and certain oils. For example, palm oil and meatballs contain saturated fats.
- Trans fats don’t exist in nature. They appear as a byproduct when good oils turn into firm fats and don’t let bread go bad. For example, trans fats are found in sweet donuts and margarine.
The good news is that you don’t need to stop eating all types of fats to be healthy. On the contrary, some fats are actually good for you:
- Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados. They lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Polyunsaturated fats are fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, which can be found in fatty fish (sardines, salmon), walnuts, and flax seeds. They build healthy cells and nerve fibers.
Sugar can be placed on the line between healthy and unhealthy. Some sugars are formed naturally, such as fructose (in fruits) and lactose (in milk). Such sugars are not dangerous when eaten moderately and as part of a balanced diet.
The problem is that it’s mainly accompanied by added sugars (sucrose). It’s not found in foods and drinks, but it’s added to improve their taste. Added sugars are found in candy, cookies, ice cream, juice, tomato juice, some types of bread, and other foods. It’s hard to eat this sugar moderately because it’s everywhere. These added sugars increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, and other problems.
Which is worse — sweet or fatty foods
Doctors recommend that we watch our daily intake of sweet and fatty foods and limit ourselves to the following:
- Added sugar: no more than 35 grams for men and 25 grams for women
- Saturated fats: no more than 5% to 6% of your daily diet
- Transfats: no more than 1% of your daily diet
Additionally, you should be really careful with the foods that contain both added sugars and bad fats. Such foods cause an addiction, which ultimately leads to obesity. In other words, eating sweet foods with lots of fat is far more dangerous than eating fatty foods or sweet foods sparingly.