Plans to eat healthy can fly out the window when you step into a grocery store. Maybe you add junk food to your cart full of vegetables. Or maybe you believe the hype that a food is healthy, when it’s really not the best choice. Here are some of the traps that food marketers use against you.
…There’s even evidence that, at least in food marketed to children, less-healthy foods are more likely to have health claims.
…The hottest health foods seem to change every minute, but that’s not because new foods are constantly being discovered, or because the newly trendy foods are better than old ones. It’s because magazines can’t sell “Spinach is still good for you!” every month, so media and food companies ride waves of arugula being the best, then baby greens, then kale. (I hear watercress might be making a comeback next.) Variety is great, but that doesn’t mean there was ever anything wrong with spinach.
This little tidbit:
…fat-soluble vitamins are more available to your body when you eat them with fat.
…is something I didn’t know, and have yet to see anyone mention with relation to the Mediterranean diet.
The aspect of business does not surprise me. Without profit, there is no business. When in doubt, cui bono. Sometimes that means PR via a study, and/or health claims. It’s not like news outlets don’t do similar things – fluff pieces, columns, clickbait…
Changing of the guard for the latest health fad is unfortunate, but frankly – boring. Sometimes it’s good to see/consider something different, and sometimes the change makes you appreciate things more. And enterprising people will investigate for themselves to figure out what works for them.