Healthy eating and “eating clean” is all the rage among health conscious consumers. So-called Super Foods like blueberries, kale, Swiss chard and quinoa supposedly supercharge the body, cleans the colon and all around make people healthier. A recent New York Times article explores the misconceptions people have about healthy eating and how what constitutes healthy foods differs from nutritionist and the public.
For instance, granola and granola bars are considered a healthy go-to snack by most people. Seventy-one percent of the public consider granola bars healthy, while 80 percent consider granola healthy. This view is not shared by nutritionists. Only 28 percent of nutritionists believe granola bars are healthy, while 47 percent view granola favorably.
About half the public (47 percent) view Slimfast shakes a healthy diet meal replacement, compared to less than half that (21 percent) of nutritionists. Two-thirds of Americans consider frozen yogurt to be healthy – double the rate of nutritionists.
Something health food nuts (no bias here) think is wonderful is coconut oil. Nearly three-quarters of Americans view coconut oil as healthy. But only 37 percent of nutritionists do. Only half of Americans say sushi is healthy, a proportion that rises to three-quarters of nutritionists. Less than half of Americans believe pork chops and popcorn are healthy. Yet, nutritionists tend to rate them much higher.