Why Food Buzzwords Are Misleading
, 318 undergraduate students were asked to look at the labels of various food products and rate how healthful they were. Packages with buzzwords like those described above were rated significantly higher than those without. In fact, because of its packaging, 33 percent of the students rated Spam as healthier than salmon. (Now that’s truly terrifying.)
Which apple sauce would you choose?
Obviously, you know that carrot sticks are better for you than potato chips. But this study is a cautionary tale: When we grocery shop, we can go on auto pilot and become a victim of smart marketing ploys. If you’re going to grab that soda with antioxidants because you were going to drink one anyways, then go for it. But if you’re letting yourself be fooled, remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.