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Food

August 6, 2012

Healthy foods can be processed, grown elsewhere

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MCT NEWS — WORD CONFUSION

Natural: “Poorly defined,” Jones said. “It can really be misused. It implies safety but not necessarily. Rat poison is made with clover extract, which is a naturally occurring blood thinner.”

Clean: A term often implying a food product or restaurant dish has very few ingredients. Jones argues that additional ingredients can improve a food’s health profile. “If we add more of an oat fiber called beta-glucans to oatmeal and other foods, we can double the cholesterol lowering power.”

Super: Many fruits such as acai berry, pomegranate and blueberry have been anointed with super nutrition status. But Jones said variety is still better. “If you ate two to three servings of blueberries, you wouldn’t be as well-nourished as eating a variety of fruit. Peaches are higher in beta carotene and blueberries higher in anti-oxidants.”

CAROLYN O’NEIL is a registered dietitian and co-author of “The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!” Email her at carolyn@carolynoneil.com.

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