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Healthwashing is here to screw with our well-intentioned eating plans

Dana Hunnes, PhD, MPH, senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a Well + Good article about food brands using buzzwords to make their products seem healthier than they are.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wander the aisles of any health-food store and you’ll be bombarded with all sorts of buzzwords emblazoned upon food and drink packaging. “Free from artificial colors,” “high in protein,” “naturally flavored”—you know, all the things we’ve come to associate with healthy eating. Of course, language like this is now commonplace, as mainstream brands rush to capitalize on consumer demand for packaged foods with wellness cred.

On one hand, all of these qualifiers can be helpful in providing a quick glimpse into a food’s nutritional info. But a growing number of products trumpeting their healthier attributes are still…not that good for you (or just misleading!), creating a more confusing environment for all of us.

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