LOS ANGLESE, CA - Is Sushi healthy? What about wine? Here is where Americans and nutritionists disagree.
Morning Consult, a media and polling firm, and UpShot surveyed hundreds of nutritionists and asked them which foods they thought were healthy. They also surveyed a representative sample of the American Electorate and asked the same thing. Opinions varied drastically.
Yes foods like Kale, apples and quinoa are considered healthy by everyone. However, some foods seem to benefit from public perception and genius advertising. Here’s what they found:
71% of the public described granola bars as healthy while only 28% of nutritionist would say the same.
72% of the American public classified coconut oil as a health food while only 37% of nutritionists would agree.
80% of the public believe that granola is healthy while only 47% of nutritionists would agree.
Only 52% of the American public believed wine to be healthy, however 70% of nutritionists say it’s good for you.
49% of the public believes sushi to be nutritious but 75% of nutritionists say it’s very healthy.
Dariush Mozaffarian, the Dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy explained, “Twenty years ago, I think we knew about 10 percent of what we need to know” about nutrition. “And now we know about 40 or 50 percent.”
So how can we know if the foods we think are healthy actually are? When in doubt, read the nutrition labels!