Foods labeling healthy can lead to obesity, as people automatically assume that it is not so saturated and consumed in larger quantities, Daily Mirror writes, citing the results of a US study.
The increased number of food products advertised and sold as health benefits actually contribute to feeding the fatigue epidemic, rather than helping to overcome it, warn the authors of this study from the University of Texas at Austin.
The problem is that people see healthy food as insufficiently seductive and as compensation compensate for larger amounts of it, explains the researchers.
For the purpose of the research, the experts divided the students into three groups and reported on the quantities of consumed food from them, presented as healthy or unhealthy, and after that for the feeling of hunger.
The researchers found that when food was presented as healthy, participants in the experiment ordered larger portions and consumed larger amounts of it.
As a surprise for experts, it turned out that even people who do not see it presented as healthy foods are less satisfied compared to unhealthy. This study is still in support of the perception that psychological causes play a role in overeating and weight gain.
It is comforting that the problem has its own solution – the perception of certain foods as less saturated will disappear, if it indicates how nutritious it is, rather than how useful to health.