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‘Supersizing’ healthy meals

saladDoes healthy food equal fewer calories? Not necessarily, but a recent study found that people may tend to think that way. Participants were more likely to serve themselves bigger meals if the food was labeled “healthier,” no matter the calorie count.

Researchers asked 186 adults to choose appropriate portion sizes of foods. For example, when choosing from two coleslaw bowls labeled “healthier” and “standard,” study participants served themselves more of the “healthier” coleslaw, despite it having the same number of calories as the “standard” version. Participants also underestimated how many calories their “healthier” coleslaw servings had.

The study serves as a good reminder that “healthy” or “low-fat” foods aren’t always lower in calories, so read your nutrition labels! Your best nutritional bets can be found by making healthy choices when you shop, including more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods.