If you've been stocking up on anything you can find at the grocery store that says "low fat" on it for as long as you can remember, you need to stop.
Why? Well, it's probably making you fat.
According to a new report from the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration in the UK, people's focus on low-fat and low-cholesterol foods is sending us all into a bit of a health crisis.
Basically, this is what it comes down to: Fats don't make you fat, the study says. Sugar and packaged foods with labels like "low fat," "light" and "low cholesterol" make you fat. And, those foods also make you super unhealthy, as studies have found sugar increases your risk for heart disease.
The report instead calls for a return to whole foods and healthy fats. Full-fat dairy, avocados, nuts, fish and meat all make the list.
Wondering what's so harmful about low-fat foods? Well, when fat is removed from a food, it's often replaced with sugar in order to make up for lost flavor, which is really, really not good.
This report doesn't exactly come as a surprise with all the recent research out there on why fats -- despite the scary name -- are actually pretty good for you.
According to a study published in the journal Circulation, people who eat full-fat dairy have a 44 percent lower risk of developing diabetes.
BRB, going to eat an entire avocado and maybe some ice cream.
Citations: Official advice on low-fat diet and cholesterol is wrong, says health charity (The Guardian), Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease (Harvard Health Blog)