"Healthy" By Reputation is not the Same as Healthy

According to the Associated Press Americans are being duped by so-called "healthy foods." Claiming advertising confuses people into buying foods they perceive as healthy (yogurt, granola bars, etc.), but as it turns out are no more good for you than a bowl of sugary cereal. Candice Choi reports:

As concerns grow over rising obesity rates, so does confusion about the difference between what is healthy and what aids weight loss—with many believing the two are interchangeable.

"That's why so many people just give in and so many diets fail," said Christine Gerbstadt, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Foods with wholesome images—nuts, yogurt and granola—are often consumed with abandon by dieters and end up sabotaging them, she said. Many brands of granola, for example, can be packed with up to 600 calories per cup and are loaded with more sugar than a cup of Cap'n Crunch.

While foods like granola and yogurt are certainly more nutritious than a bag of Cheetos, it's important to pick the lower-calorie brands that are not loaded with sugar or fat.

There are some good points in there, but why does she have to malign nuts? If you pick the right nuts, they're absolutely health food.

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Helena - May 22, 2006 4:41 PM

From the article: "As concerns grow over rising obesity rates, so does confusion about the difference between what is healthy and what aids weight loss — with many believing the two are interchangeable."

I do not think she says nuts are wrong, just that they have a lot of calories and you should not think they are unlimited foods just because they are so healthy. I think Dr Fuhrman would agree with that.

Linda - May 23, 2006 9:01 AM

I guess because nuts are in so many unhealthy foods. That's too bad, though, because it adds to the confusion and the misconception that the nuts are the culprits and not the junk surrounding them.

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