How do you define healthy?
According to the FDA, foods have to fall below a certain level of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium to use that “healthy” label. And that leaves some really good foods out, many that your doctor probably recommends you eat!
Take eggs for example, they don’t meet the FDA guidelines as healthy because of their cholesterol and saturated fat content. Yet, they’re packed with protein and micronutrients that are important to basic nutrition. And recent research says they’re no danger to healthy people.
Also not making the cut… salmon. Sorry, it doesn’t meet current criteria for saturated fat. but what about all those heart-healthy omega-3s, B vitamins and antioxidants?
Avocados may be packed with potassium and fiber, and have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, but you can’t label them “healthy” according to the government. And you can cut almonds off the list, as well. But sugar still isn’t considered in the FDA equation, so foods like low-fat pop-tarts do qualify for the healthy label.
Does all of this leave you in a haze? you’re not alone!
The definition of healthy is currently being re-evaluated. The FDA is seeking feedback to help make what’s “good” for consumers less confusing to find.