Why you might want to pass on the organic cookies: People eat more junk food when it’s labeled as organic.
If they’re organic, they can’t be bad for you, right? Wrong. A study at the University of Michigan shows that people often believe that organic snack foods have fewer calories and are okay to eat more often. However, just because a bag of sweet potato chips or cream-filled cookies is organic does not mean it’s better for you. They often contain just as many calories and grams of fat as their conventional nonorganic counterparts. As with any snack food, eat them sparingly when you’re craving a special treat. Or better yet, skip the processed food and go straight for the organic apples or veggies for a healthier, satisfying snack.
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