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The Journal of Consumer Research, found that simply changing the name of a food item can influence its perceived healthfulness to dieters.

Dieters rely more heavily on food cues—such as food names—than non-dieters.

Example: when a candy was called ‘fruit chews,’ dieters ate significantly more candies than when the candy was called ‘candy chews’.

Dieters rate foods with healthy-sounding names [for example, salad] as healthier than identical food items with less-healthy-sounding names [for example, fry].

Dieters base their food decisions on the name of the food items, instead of the ingredients.


Salads aren’t always healthy:many salads at chain restaurants can hover around (or top) 1,000 calories, thanks to gigantic portion sizes, fatty and/or fried toppings, and creamy dressings.

Instead, ask for half portion or take half home.

Beware of Healthly water: Some flavored waters or vitamin-enhanced waters can contain up to 200 calories per bottle.

Instead, sip on natural water (minus the additives)

Fruit-flavored snacks aren’t fruits:Gummy fruit treats, fruit roll-ups, fruit bars and other items with fruit on the label may contain some juice or fruit flavoring, but often don’t actually contain fruit. But they do contain high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and other unhealthy ingredients.

Instead, go for a fresh fruit.

Beware of Nature sounding names like Veggie chips

Cut veggies, with a small amount of dip, is a better way to satisfy your craving, than chips.

Check the ingredients to eliminate misleading effects of the food’s name.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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