Lisa Says: It will hopefully come as no surprise that if we only ate foods that were advertised on TV, TIME magazine reports that researchers have found “that it exceeded the government’s recommended daily amount of fat by 20 times and had 25 times the recommended daily intake of sugar.” The issue is that “TV ads for food may be skewing our decisions on what we eat in powerful ways.”
QUESTION: So how influenced are you by advertising and the media? Perhaps more than you realize? Enjoy the article.
What if You Ate Only What Was Advertised on TV?By Alice Park Wednesday, Jun. 02, 2010, TIME magazine
It should come as no surprise that the typical American diet isn’t exactly brimming with healthy goodness — rather, it’s laden with fat, sugar and salt. And now new research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association points to a troubling reason: TV ads for food may be skewing our decisions on what we eat in powerful ways.
To figure out exactly how unhealthy a TV-guided diet would be, researchers studied food commercials that appeared during 84 hours of prime-time programming and 12 hours of Saturday-morning cartoons broadcast over the major U.S. networks during one month in 2004. When the research team calculated the nutritional content of a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet containing only foods that were advertised on television, they found that it exceeded the government’s recommended daily amount of fat by 20 times and had 25 times the recommended daily intake of sugar. “That’s almost a month’s worth of sugar in one day,” notes study leader Michael Mink at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.