New Survey Shows How Much Experts And The Public Disagree On Health Foods
Put down the granola bar and pick up the chopsticks
If you’ve ever found yourself standing in a grocery aisle overwhelmed by which foods are healthiest and which ones are just crying wolf, a new survey should let you know you’re not alone — even among nutritionists.
The New York Times and polling firm the Morning Consult surveyed a sample of Americans as well as hundreds of nutritionists to find out what they considered healthy food. The results: Most of the time, the public knows the difference between junk and health food. Kale, oranges, and apples? Definitely healthy. Cookies and soda? Delicious yet terrible, all agree.
But the public and experts disagree on several items in-between. The Americans in this sample considered granola and granola bars to be healthy, while most nutritionists say they’re not great for you. Same goes for fro-yo, coconut oil, and orange juice.
There are a few gray areas in their findings: Both sides were on the fence about pork chops, cheddar cheese, and whole milk. Experts generally disagree with each other on certain types of fats, and how findings on the perfect fat-to-protein ratios have given mixed answers. The public has picked up on this, and is also unclear on how much steak to heap onto their plates.
Good news for wine drinkers and sushi fanatics, however: While you’re likely to assume these are doing more harm than good, nutritionists say hit the sushi bar and vineyard guilt-free. In moderation, of course.
[h/t New York Times]