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People Can Be Tricked Into Eating Lots of 'Healthy' Foods

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People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being "healthier," even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study.

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Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:59 pm
I only eat one meal a day...steamed vegetables and brown rice with some home made iced tea to drink.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:47 pm
I used to put some (not total ever) faith in calories myself, until I learned recently (and I think it was here on Care2) that they were assigned to foods by seat-of-the-pants guesswork, no studies done, just sort of educated guesses - and have never been updated from the original guesswork.

But way back when it was known that "healthy" (meaningless, really, because who cares about the health of the food itself? "Healthful" or "wholesome" mean it is good for us) food would lead to bigger portion size - if not of that food, of something else.

Gloria p (304)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:57 pm
I think I do that sometimes but certainly not always.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 4:58 pm
I saw this happen when a friend and I were both dieting at the same time back in the 90's. I simply decided to eat less of the food I was already eating. A friend started buying all the "low-cal" stuff, and when we sat down together, she ate about twice as much. Guess what happened....

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:20 pm
Very true. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:21 pm

Kerrie G (116)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:03 am
Noted, thanks.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Monday July 8, 2013, 2:47 am
Well, moderation is the key... funny, maybe people think think they'll get healthier the more they eat of "healthy" foods.

Carol H (229)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:16 am
noted, thanks Carrie

Syd H (48)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:50 am
Well, I eat a lot by volume. But it's mostly fruits & veggies. For instance a big bowl of cut watermelon. Turns out my intake is what I'm going to Trademark as Quality Calories™... :D

Those would be calories attached to something the body can actually use, pull some nutrition out of but which is rarely sold on Corporate grocery shelves. Those manufactured calories are dead & empty and the body doesn't know what to do with them along with their toxic load so stores them as fat till it gets enough of the good nutrition to process it through.

Of course, us knowing that does not keep the corporate profits fat... so they want us ignorant.

Patricia H. (440)
Monday July 8, 2013, 11:56 am

Lloyd H (46)
Monday July 8, 2013, 12:59 pm
Read the labels! Pay particular attention to the SERVING SIZE because you are going to amazed, shocked and disgusted all at the same time at just how small an amount of the food equals the listed calorie count etc. Being on a low sodium, no to low cholesterol diet I was appalled. Everything from jellos to cooked breakfast cereals has quite frequently a 1/4 Cup serving size, that is 2 ounces of water or 4 table spoons. Who the hell eats 1/4 cup jello or cooked breakfast cereal at alia. Your not only have to read the labels but pay attention and do the math and believe me you are not going to be happy.

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:46 pm

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:43 pm
Read the ingredient labels. It is the only truth of any processed product except for the net weight. Both are regulated and inspected by USDA inspectors for these 2 items specifically.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 8, 2013, 9:07 pm
At least they're getting more nutritious food.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:58 am
"Foley Nolan recommended that people bulk up on fruit and vegetables, rather than processed foods, even if they are labeled as healthy."
I would like to point out that "DIET" processed foods are extremely unhealthy and dangerous to a persons health!
READ and DECIDE for YOURSELF if what your buying as FOOD is actually FOOD that will nourish your body, or fill the pockets of the manufacturer...

Lona G (80)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:53 am
So don't go for just "Healthier" just because the manufacturer says so, but read the label and use your brain.

Angelene B (148)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 2:56 pm
that's the problem with misconceptions

Sergio Padilla (65)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:25 pm

J. J. (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:54 pm
Thanks for posting.
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