salad"It's practically a health food," is a claim my husband and I like to make when we are consuming something particularly indulgent. "It's got eggs for protein and healthy fats, butter - which is totally natural,and flour, which is made from a plant! And don't forget the anti-oxidants in the chocolate chips. See, there's lots of good stuff."
It's a joke for us, of course. As I'm sure it is for many other people. But in reality, there are a lot of foods out there that make health claims that lead to people making unhealthy choices. A recent study out of the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland demonstrated that people will usually serve themselves more of a food that claims to be "reduced fat" or "low-fat" or in some other way "healthier" than the standard fare.
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That's because people tend to see claims to healthfulness as a license to eat as much as they'd like, guilt-free. That attitude, however, can lead to aRead More »from Trying to Lose Weight? Toss the “Reduced Fat” Dressing