A False Sense of Health

Can I blow off a little steam?

It makes me crazy (and sad) when people think that as long as they are eating natural or organic, they are making the healthy choice. Never mind any other nutritional information - or common sense.

An organic cookie? It's still a cookie.

Here's a comparison of the nutritional information for 2 cookies, for both Newman's-Os and Nabisco Oreos:


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Cookie for cookie, the Oreos actually have fewer calories! The Oreo is a little smaller, but still.

When we blindly read certain qualities about a food, and ignore others, we miss the big picture. And that big picture is often the difference between fitting into our pants or not. Or it could be the difference between going on medication for your blood pressure or cholesterol.

Just because a product has the label "natural" or "organic" doesn't mean that you can eat it without reserve or question. 

Now don't get me wrong, if you're going to choose between 2 otherwise equal choices, I'd rather see you pick the one with fewer chemicals and artificial garbage in it. I'd rather see you choose the item with the shorter ingredient list.

With the above example, you can see the list of ingredients in the Newman's-O is shorter. Seeing the organic quality of the ingredients means there is less chemical processing or pesticide residue. That's probably a better choice for your body. But let's not kid ourselves and call it healthy!

Don't assume that all products that Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or Sprouts sells is good for you, the right choice, or superior to products that you get from Wal-Mart or Kroger. Make sure to really read the labels and understand what's in a product.


Katie Goldberg

Katie Goldberg, MCN, RDN, LDN, has been a registered dietitian since 2013, but has always had a passion for good food and a healthy lifestyle. Katie earned her Master’s of Clinical Nutrition from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has worked in private practice, higher education, in a clinical setting, and as an in-house dietitian for a food company. Whether it's at through large groups or one-on-one, Katie enjoys connecting people with easy and practical solutions for better health.