Forget the low-fat muffin. It's not very good for you, especially when it's the size of a softball. Instead, focus on recipes that use healthy fats, whole grains, and less salt and sugar.
If you're still obsessed with counting fat grams, it's time to move on and concentrate on just eating healthy. Low-fat diets are no better for health than moderate- or high-fat diets and in some cases, may be worse for you, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It's time to put more focus on the the type of fats eaten.
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Nutrition experts at the HSPH and chefs and registered dietitians (RDs) at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) worked together on The Great Muffin Makeover and developed five muffin recipes that use healthy fats, whole grains, and less salt and sugar. A typical low-fat muffin bought at a coffee shop may appear heart-healthy, but its downfall is in its size (about the size of a softball) and the amount of refined white flour, sugar, sodium, and calories it contains, practically obliterating any health benefits of the heart-healthy fat in it.
"It's time to end the low-fat myth," said Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard. "Unfortunately, many well-motivated people have been led to believe that all fats are bad and that foods loaded with white flour and sugar are healthy choices. This has clearly contributed to the epidemic of diabetes we are experiencing and premature death for many. The lessons contained in these healthy muffins -- that foods can be both tasty and good for you -- can literally be life saving."