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A Statistical Breakdown Of All The Food You Think Is Healthy But Actually Isn’t

No matter how long you’ve been a parent, you occasionally wonder what to feed that thing. Fortunately, The New York Times and the polling firm The Morning Consult asked hundreds of nutritionists rate 52 common foods by how healthy or unhealthy they were. Unfortunately, they then asked the general public to do the same thing. The short, short version? You clearly haven’t been listening to your nutritionist.

Granola bars were the clear winner of the “Everyone thinks I’m healthy but I’m so totally not” contest, as 71 percent of people said they’re good for you, compared to 28 percent of nutritionists. But it’s not your fault! Most granola bars contain added sugar, which up until recently was not clearly noted on nutrition labels. Other foods gunning for granola bars’ title: Frozen yogurt, orange juice, and American cheese. Depending on how picky your kid is, this might knock out all 4 of their food groups.

The healthiest foods confused civilians as well, with 89 percent of nutritionists ranking quinoa as the best food for you versus 58 percent of everyone else. Also on that list: Tofu, sushi, and hummus, with anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of nutritionists agreeing you should put them in your face. And the best news of all? Wine is actually better for you than you previously thought.

Take this with a grain of quinoa, because food guidelines change almost as much as your dadbod does. While shrimp is once again good for you, popcorn, pork chops, whole milk, steak, and cheddar cheese are all foods that nutritionists can’t agree on from a health standpoint, and these people went pro.

[H/T] The New York Times