Adding a side salad does not make a meal “healthy”

From Northwestern University:

“As a part of this study, 934 participants from a nationwide online research panel were asked to estimate the calorie content of several meals. Some were shown a series of relatively unhealthy meals, and others were shown the same meals combined with a healthy option.

Dieters are more likely to believe in ‘negative’ calories, thinking that the calorie content of a meal can be reduced simply by adding a healthy option

The study, “The Dieter’s Paradox,” will appear in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

The tomato and onion are nice, but don’t undo the fatty meat and cheese!  How about trying tuna fish packed in water, with a TEAsponn of olive oil and non-salt spices?


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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