Are Pop Tarts Healthier Than Avocados? The FDA Thinks So : Dr. Kim Blog

Are Pop Tarts Healthier Than Avocados? The FDA Thinks SO

The FDA is responsible for a lot of things, and one of those is regulating what health claims companies are allowed to put on food packaging.  Currently, in order to use the term “healthy” on a product’s packaging, the product in question must not exceed three grams of fat.  So, according to what the FDA tells us, Frosted Flakes cereal and Pop Tarts are healthy foods, but foods containing large amounts of nuts are not.  Goodness!  This means we could never call an avocado “healthy”, because one avocado contains a whopping 21 grams of fat!  

Due largely to government guidelines issued in the 70’s and 80’s, low fat diets became all the fad for decades.  Remember the infamous food pyramid that told us to binge on carbs and eat fats sparingly (including those naturally occurring)?  We did this and obesity sky rocketed.  Could it be because we were led to believe that Pop Tarts are “healthy” while avocados are not?  

The FDA is now considering reversing this labeling regulation after getting some push back from the company KIND.  From their website: “KIND® products are made from nutritionally-dense ingredients like whole nuts, fruits and whole grains – no secret ingredients and no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.”  Yet the FDA says they cannot use the word “healthy” on their product packaging, while Pop Tarts can, because the fat content from the nutrient dense nuts they use exceeds 3 grams. 

All fat is not created equal – this is what the FDA is missing.  Luckily, years of backwards thinking is now being reversed with recent research and even linking it to some shady practices within the sugar industry.  And even TIME magazine has called for ending the war on fat.  All calories are not created equal.  All fat is not created equal. You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.  We need the good stuff to be healthy – even if the FDA says it’s not actually healthy.  

In Good Health,

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