SoFAS aren’t couches, and let’s hope they’re not found in your living room. SoFAS stands for “solid fats and added sugars”.
Why do we care about SoFAS? Fats that are solid at room temperature – think stick margarine, solid Crisco, and animal fat – contain saturated fat which contributes to heart disease. Replace solid fats with liquid oils and you’ll not only consume less harmful sat fats, you’ll also increase the healthy poly- and mononsaturated fats that help protect your heart.
You may think identifying foods high in added sugars is easy – think again. The food label doesn’t differentiate between sugars that naturally occur in foods such as fruit and milk or sugars that are added to foods like cookies and cakes. Here’s my tip: if the food doesn’t come in a box or can, it probably has no added sugars.
We get most of our added sugars from sweetened beverages, everything from soda to fruit drinks to sports drinks. Make it simple and drink plain water. Water doesn’t taste sweet, because it doesn’t need to be. We don’t drink water for the taste, we drink it to satisfy our thirst. If you want a sweet taste, eat a piece of fruit.
Tell your family you’re throwing out the SoFAS and see what reaction you get!