Are the foods you eat considered healthy? Do you think these foods consist of valuable nutrition to your body? A recent survey conducted by the New York Times talks about the perception of food by Americans.
This survey asked Americans if they think certain foods are healthy for you. The same questions were then asked to nutritionists. The results showed that 75% of Americans think they eat healthy, while a majority of the nutritionists disagreed.
Foods like “granola bar” showed a 71% healthy rating from surveyors, while only 28% of nutritionists agreed. These results show the lack of education about food and healthy dieting, as well as mass marketing campaigns around food. It is also a problem of portion control, as many people are unaware of the correct ratios for food servings.
Supermarkets and fast food chains have greatly diluted the perceived portions that we need to be using. What you think is normal, should actually be cut in half for most cases. The average female needs about 1500 calories per day and the average male about 2500. To give an example of how easy it is to exceed this limit; a large fry is 1000 calories, add a cheeseburger and a large soda to that and you get over 2000 calories worth of food in one meal. That is your whole day’s worth of calories in one sitting.
Now if we cope this excessive attitude towards eating with the general lack of awareness on healthy foods, we result in a society plagued with obesity (36% of U.S). It is important to learn the proper information in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This Infographic shows the correct portion sizes to be used for meals.
Click here to check out tips on the proper types of foods to eat.