Healthy foods tend to skew calorie estimates, study finds

09/21/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Participants in a study who were shown different food pairings had a tendency to give lower calorie estimates when less nutritious foods were coupled with healthier foods. "Because people believe that adding a healthy option can lower a meal's calorie content, the negative calorie illusion can lead to overconsumption, thus contributing to the obesity trend," the study's author said.

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