Reality and our perceptions of the truth are often two very different things, whether that’s with someone you meet on a dating website or a protein bar. Our wide sphere of influence creates our own brand of reality.
Research related to the healthfulness of food products suggests that we are influenced this way, too. Specifically, it’s called the “health halo effect.” It describes our preconceived notion that an item labeled low in calories or low in fat is better for us. One poll of consumers published in Plos One found that 40% of consumers eat more of a food bearing a healthy label because they believe the claim.
If you think you are eating “diet foods” and still gaining weight, you could be confused by product labeling and eating too much of something you should be overeating. Here are some foods that are commonly thought of as “diet food,” that could secretly be making you gain weight. Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, make sure you avoid these 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.
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