Sadly no surprise here, people pin healthy recipes but cook unhealthy ones

The road to healthy eating is paved with good intentions, at least when it comes to Pinterest. A new study by George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services found people are pinning healthy recipes on Pinterest. But when it comes to what they’re actually cooking and eating, unhealthy recipes win out.

“It’s an interesting discrepancy between what pinners posted/liked and how users actually consumed the information,” said Hong Xue, PhD, who led the study.

“Pinners are more likely to post recipes that are socially rewarded with likes and repins. They are more likely to adhere to an elite social norm set by celebrities and influencers promoting healthier, low-calorie, clean eating. But when it comes to the recipes users are more interested in making food high in fat, sugar, and high calories. We see a very different picture. They’re commenting on and posting finished dish photos of the less healthy recipes.”

This disconnect might have shocked naïve university students, but those of us who have been writing about food a long time are not surprised. People talk a good game when it comes to healthy eating but few actually carry through on it consistently.

Take a look at our slide show and tell me which dishes appeal more to you, the healthy ones or the fried, unhealthy ones?

  • Splurge on the garlic fries at Safeco Field. They were a garlic-lover's dream.
  • My Chinese birthday dinner, egg rolls, crab rangoon, Mongolian beef. Not shown was the fried rice.

Come hear health & wellness coach Michelle Gillespie March 12

Health & Wellness Coach Michelle Gillespie will be leading a healthy-eating tour of Whole Foods in north Evanston Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m., at a meeting of the North Suburban chapter of Mended Hearts. All are welcome at the free event.

Michelle Gillespie
Michelle Gillespie

“Those of us dealing with heart issues are almost inevitably told we have to change how we eat. But beyond that, there’s a dizzying array of advice, often conflicting. Michelle will help us cut through all that with some real examples of how to translate advice into good shopping habits,” says John N. frank, founder of the North Suburban Mended Hearts chapter.

Mended Hearts is a national support group for those dealing with heart and artery diseases. The meeting will be at the Whole Foods on Green Bay Road just north of Central Street in Evanston.

Holiday eating tips — the rush has begun, read them caerfully

The rush of articles and blog posts about how to eat healthy around the year-end holidays already has begun, I’m getting tons of advice in various feeds I follow. But most of it is not worth the time to read, really. Tips like eat smaller portions make me want to stuff the writer’s face into a bowl of high-salt salsa.

Getting ready for holiday cooking? Check back here often for no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes.
Getting ready for holiday cooking? Check back here often for no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes.

That goofy tip is in this article I found in the Harlan Daily Enterprise, which I discovered is in Kentucky. But there are some others you might find useful, such as:

• Gradually reduce the amount of salt used in cooking.

• Cut the amount of salt in recipes by half.

• Rinse canned vegetables before using or choose low-salt versions.

• Replace solid fats such as butter, lard, stick margarine, and shortening with oils when you are cooking.

• Replace half of the fat or oil in recipes with unsweetened applesauce.

• Use cooking spray in place of oil when cooking.

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