Health Halos that Make You Fat

If you believe that you eat healthier food at a “healthier” restaurant, you might be wrong. If so, you might be a victim of the "Health Halo."

A study showed that people eating at restaurants claiming to be "healthy" believed that they ate only 56 percent as many calories as they actually did. They tended to reward themselves by eating more chips, fries, and cookies.

According to Eurekalert:

“In one experiment, people were given the same food but told it was from McDonalds or they were told it was from Subway. Even when eating the exact same food, people estimated the sandwich in the Subway wrapper contained 21 percent fewer calories than the one in the McDonald's wrapper.”

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