Nutritionists and Public Opinion Disagree on How Healthy Foods Really Are.

Nutritionists and the public seem to have a difference of opinion on how healthy foods actually are. Foods such as sushi, shrimp, and quinoa have a high differential between nutritionists and the public; the public thinking they are not as healthy as granola or steaks. 10 years ago we wouldn't have been able to understand all the nutritional values of certain foods as we do now, but there is always some things we just don't know how the effects on the body of yet. The answer of knowing how "healthy", healthy foods are isn't simple but there definitely is some dispute between nutritionists and the public.
Source: The New York Times

Many people are under the common misconception that certain foods are healthier than others by word of mouth or by reading one article off of Facebook that "proves" its health benefits. The FDA currently classifies a food as "healthy" if it is low in fat. However, they are reviewing the qualifications of what foods are actually healthy. As odd as it may seem, popcorn is, in fact, one of the healthiest foods out there as it provides as a healthy whole grain snack that aids in teeth and bone strengthening with more iron than eggs.

The Confusion Between The Public vs. The Nutritionists
With more and more people now shopping more organically at places such as Whole Foods or Fairway Market, they believe that they are getting the best, most healthy foods out there. But how healthy are the foods we actually eat? Nutritionists and public opinion have differences in what is considered to be healthy for you. The differences aren't major, but foods such as frozen yogurt, granola/granola bars, and coconut oil are believed to be very "healthy" by high public opinion.

The differences between the two groups lie around a 40% differential. Less than half of the nutritionists questioned believe granola actually is good for you. To show how little the public really knows about health and the foods they consume, foods (and drinks) such as shrimp, sushi, quinoa, hummus, and wine are not considered to be that healthy for you while nutritionists claim they are significantly more healthful. This differential may be because of the mixed messages that these foods in the American diet mainstream circulating around the Internet from article to article.

Understanding the Difference between Healthy and Tasty
            Cooking different healthy dishes isn't tricky if you know what you're doing. Someone can easily take a healthy food such as chicken, which is considered to be healthful by both nutritionists and the public American people, but then deep-fry it and it loses some value. It was once believed that cooking with oils and fats are unhealthy and were told to steer clear of such ingredients, however, now we know that certain fats, such as olive oil, are influential in a healthful diet. Understanding that some foods are very good for you is great, but eating such foods, for example, celery or blueberries multiple times a day can have a negative effect on the body.

1 comment:

Hitender Rao said...

Interesting topic.But could have been made more readable by making the front loading your introductory sentence. For instance- would you prefer Sushi or granola when it comes to nutrition. I mean just a suggestion that it could have been done that way.