Calories matter if you are worried about losing weight. This is a plain, simple fact. If you eat less calories than you burn you will lose weight. Having some fat in foods can help you feel satisfied. That said, low fat dairy products have high protein, also allowing you to feel satisfied longer. Good luck!
Overall calories are important but eating foods as close to their natural state as possible is even more important in terms of overall health. There are good fats and bad fats. Cold pressed fats are as very good for you. Olive oil, coconut oil, red palm oil being three of my favourites. Coconut oil and palm oil are saturated oils that contain no cholesterol. Refined seed oils like corn and canola are very heavily processed and I avoid them.
When manufacturing companies start messing around with foods they almost always turn food into something less healthy.
Another thing to think about is different people do well on different macronutrient ratios. I do well with a high fat diet, wether it's because of my hypoglycaemic tendencies, family history of diabetes or activity level, I am physically healthier on a diet containing less sugars and breads and more vegetables and healthy fats.
There is so much information out there, it's definitely a long journey to discover it all.
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Calories, since you're trying to lose weight, but it's sort of an incomplete question.
Fat is sometimes worth avoiding for a few reasons. It is by far the most calorie-dense macronutrient, at 9 calories per gram compared to 4 for both carbohydrate and protein. Some fats (saturated, trans fats) may be unhealthy. And high fat is a characteristic of most of the foods that help get most of us in trouble (french fries, for instance, or fast food burgers, or cupcakes).
But there are also clear exceptions. For instance, a certain percentage of fat in your diet is necessary. Some types of fat (like those found in wild salmon, or avocado, or flax seeds) are likely very healthy. And not stinting on fat too much can go a long way, at least in my experience, towards composing meals that keep you full for a while.
So as with many things, the devil's in the details.
Your specific question seems to be one of two processed food items, one of which is low or zero fat and the other of which is "regular". In processed foods, when fat is taken out, it is often replaced with just as many calories of extra sugar and other ingredients -- hence what you're seeing with the calories. In this case (even if the calories had been slightly the other way around) avoiding the fat is rarely going to be the best choice: the added ingredients are probably worse for you than the fat would be.
A few foods (mostly dairy and meat products in my experience) do manage to remove some or all fat without adding anything else (think of good old fashioned skim milk and it's brethren), and in those cases I'd think it would be mostly down to personally choice as to how you want to spend your calories and what types of fats you'd like to have the most of in your diet.
That's because fat adds flavour to food and manufacturers often add sugar to improve the flavour of many low fat foods hence the calories.
I'd go natural and leave the processed foods well alone. If you balance your intake then you should have no more that 30% of your calories from fat in a day. Check the full report in your nutrition tracker to get the proportions right.
Edited by: LAWLI56 at: 2/8/2014 (08:46)
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Which is better? I notice some lower fat items have more calories? (half and half) Do what do we look for fat or calories? Confused.
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