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Sunday
Jul132014

15 Foods That Don’t Deserve Their Health Halo

The produce department manager, George, at my local grocery store once told me he’s responsible for about 500-600 fresh produce items, most of which he has to turn over (arrange and sell) within 36 hours to meet store standards for freshness and appearance. He takes pride in his job, and he says he would much rather work with produce than (in his words) “deal with the mess of the other 40,000 packaged crap customers think is food.” The way George sees it, if food isn’t fresh then it doesn’t deserve any hype. In a way, I think he’s got it right. The wrong foods tend to get the most promotion in our marketing culture, while the best choices remain the proverbial wallflowers. Check out 15 foods below that don’t deserve their health halos, and add your thoughts on food product fanfare.

 

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Sunday
Dec052010

Are you being influenced by a health halo?

Do you feel better when you pick up a product labeled “low-fat?” Do you shop for packages that claim “contain whole grains?” What about a box of cereal that claims to enhance heart health? Every day we’re bombarded with marketing and messages to make us think restaurants and food brands are healthier than they may be. At Subway, you can Eat Fresh. Cheerios “Can Help Lower Cholesterol.” Pepsi and Mountain Dew have come out with Throwback version with “Natural” sugar. You can even think back ten years at the heart of the low-fat phase and remember how anything was healthy as long as it was considered “low-fat.”

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