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Do You Know a Healthy Product from an Unhealthy One?

Are you more likely to buy a food product when its label says certain health-related buzzwords like “antioxidants” or “gluten free?” And could you pick out a healthy product from an unhealthy one — just from looking at the nutrition information? A new study conducted at the University of Houston attempts to answer those questions […]

University of Houston professor Temple Northup.

Are you more likely to buy a food product when its label says certain health-related buzzwords like “antioxidants” or “gluten free?” And could you pick out a healthy product from an unhealthy one — just from looking at the nutrition information?

A new study conducted at the University of Houston attempts to answer those questions and casts a critical eye on health-related buzzwords designed to mislead consumers.

“Truth, Lies, and Packaging” calls into questions food marketing that makes nebulous health claims based on a product containing “whole grain” or “antioxidants,” or being “gluten-free.” We talk with Temple Northup, the study’s principal investigator and assistant professor at the Jack Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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