When you see the word “organic” on a food label, do you immediately believe this food is healthy? If so, you’re not alone. Research has shown that consumers perceive organic products to be lower in fat and calories and higher in fiber than the equivalent conventional foods. Unfortunately, this is a false perception!
Yes, organic products are free of some undesirable ingredients, such as pesticides, genetically-modified organisms, and artificial growth hormones. But many of them still contain loads of sugar, fat, and empty calories that can lead to poor health and weight gain. Which is why every kind of packaged, processed, snack or sweet food needs to be eaten in moderation, whether it’s organic or not.
So next time you’re tempted to throw a bag of organic potato chips into your cart while shopping at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or another natural food store considered to sell “healthier” products, keep in mind that all potato chips are potato chips, and if you eat too many you’re likely to gain weight.
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DeanaFebruary 1, 2012 at 11:04 am
Its so funny to me this perception that organic foods are “healthier.” I see it so much with other moms. I’ll take whole foods over organic processed ones any day.