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Bad news for dieters: According to a new study, you may be eating less healthy than you think you are -- all because you're on a diet.
It's simple, really. If you're watching your weight, you're more likely to be conscious of how food is labeled and to pick foods that sound healthier. A "smoothie" is better than a "milkshake," right? "Veggie chips" are healthier than "potato chips."
Except when they aren't.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, researchers served up a plateful of vegetables, pasta, salami and cheese on a bed of romaine lettuce. To some study participants, the dish was presented as a "salad," and to others it was called "pasta." Dieters were wary when it was called "pasta," but presumably gobbled it up when it was identified as "salad."
Researchers also labeled the same candy (jelly beans, it seems) either "fruit chews" or "candy chews." So which one do you think dieters rated as more nutritious (and thus were willing to scarf down more of)? You guess it: the "fruit chews."