Does "Organic" Make Junk Food OK to Eat?

Does "Organic" Make Junk Food OK to Eat?

Amber Byfield
May 17, 2010

We've given up a lot of convenience foods to be green, we really have. Between the excess packaging and the unpronounceable ingredients list, it's hard to find things like premade cookies that fall into our eco-conscious diet. We're the first to admit that sometimes, though, we let the word "organic" serve as a green light to eat things that otherwise might not be too healthy. Turns out, we're not the only ones.

A recently-released study says that folks often think "organic" means the snack in hand is healthier. And while it might be better for us (and the Earth) in the long run, there's something else to keep in mind.

In a study released by the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, results showed that people assumed that snacks labeled organic contained up to 40 percent fewer calories than they actually do.

Meaning, people who snack on prepackaged foods are apt to eat more in one sitting. We can related, as we sit here snacking on organic gingersnaps. That "organic" label makes us feel a little better about indulging.

What about you? Do you fall into the "organic = healthy" trap like we are apt to do? Or do you keep your snacking, even of the organic variety, to a minimum?

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