We can all pretty much agree that soda is unhealthy and kale is healthy. But there are lots of foods on the soda-to-kale continuum whose nutritional value is murky.
To answer all this, the New York Times hired a polling firm to ask hundreds of nutritionists (all members of the American Society for Nutrition) whether they considered certain foods healthy. The firm also asked the same question of “a representative sample of the American electorate.”
It turns out that there’s some agreement and a fair amount of disagreement about the nutritiousness of the foods we eat every day.
For example, some of the foods that experts think are unhealthy AF, the public actually thinks are healthy.
The article points out that these foods have lots of added sugar and that it’s only recently that the effect of added sugar on public health has come under so much scrutiny. (It was in May of 2016 that the FDA announced that new nutrition labels would show the amount of added sugar per serving of a food.)
And then there are foods that are considered healthy by nutritionists, but the public doesn’t seem to realize their value.
And, of course, there are some foods that everyone can agree are generally healthy.
And everyone seemed to more or less agree that certain foods are unhealthy.
And since it wouldn’t be a conversation about nutrition unless things got ~murky,~ there are a bunch of foods that people had mixed feelings about.
As the authors point out, most of these foods contain saturated fat, which has historically had a bum rap. But because newer research has more or less exonerated saturated fat as wholly terrible, it makes sense that there would be some confusion about its healthfulness. Source : https://www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/here-are-the-foods-that-are-actually-healthy-according-to-nu?utm_term=.emMpgB5WM#.xtpk9wmMz