FDA says Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Spaghetti-Os are “healthy,” while avocados, almonds, salmon and eggs are “not”
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Spaghetti-Os fit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current definition of “healthy” and are allowed to use the label in the marketing of their products.
Meanwhile avocados, almonds, eggs and salmon cannot be legally labeled as “healthy” because they contain too much fat:
The FDA’s definition of “healthy” — written in the 1990s — is based on 5 criteria:
- Low fat
- Low saturated fat
- Low cholesterol
- Low sodium
- High in beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C or Calcium
Sugar content is completely irrelevant to the agency. As long as companies meet the above 5 criteria, their products can contain as much sugar as they want and still be labeled “healthy.”
In 2016, the FDA announced it would soon update its outdated definition of “healthy” to reflect the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which would categorize the fat in the above foods as “healthy” fat, but to date, no changes have been made.
Highly processed, sugary junk food is still being marketed as “healthy,” while an organic egg company is suing to be able to use the label.