What's the difference between "health food" and "healthy food"?
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What's the difference between "health food" and "healthy food"?

'Healthy food' is a general description of food that is healthy (spinach, broccoli, carrots, eggs). 'Health food' is a description of food that is prepared, packaged and marketed as healthy, and may be sold in special 'health food' stores. 'Health food' may even be healthy food, but don't bet on it.

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(Email Removed) (Frank Fang) wrote on 13 Nov 2003:
What's the difference between "health food" and "healthy food"?

Health food is sold commercially as "health food" and is not necessarily healthy. Granola bars are considered health food, but they are filled with sugar and other fattening things, so they don't necessarily contribute to your health, which is what healthy food will do.
Apples and broccoli are healthy foods, not health foods.
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John O'Flaherty (Email Removed) wrote on 13 Nov 2003:
What's the difference between "health food" and "healthy food"?

'Healthy food' is a general description of food that is healthy (spinach, broccoli, carrots, eggs).

Eggs have to come off that list. Too much cholesterol. Fish should replace eggs.
On 13 Nov 2003 04:23:58 GMT, CyberCypher
What's the difference between "health food" and "healthy food"?

Health food is sold commercially as "health food" and is not necessarily healthy. Granola bars are considered health food, but ... contribute to your health, which is what healthy food will do. Apples and broccoli are healthy foods, not health foods.

What's with this "healthy food"? A coconut is healthy, but coconuts contain a high level of saturated fat and are not a healthy diet for humans.
On 13 Nov 2003 04:26:19 GMT, CyberCypher
'Healthy food' is a general description of food that is healthy (spinach, broccoli, carrots, eggs).

Eggs have to come off that list. Too much cholesterol. Fish should replace eggs.

A couple of months ago, I watched a University of California tv program. It had a cardiologist/researcher talking about the latest recommendations for heart health. She said there has never been any research showing that eggs contribute to heart problems, and there is no reason to think that two per day is a bad idea. That just confirmed stuff that I've read for years, in many places. Eggs contain cholesterol, but that's a very vague term these days, what with good & bad, HDL &LDL. When it was first discovered that there were large amounts of cholesterol in the blood of people who get heart attacks, a lot of people jumped to the simplistic conclusion that foods containing cholesterol cause heart disease. Eggs are healthy food. But fish are good too.

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John O'Flaherty (Email Removed) wrote on 13 Nov 2003:
A couple of months ago, I watched a University of California tv program. It had a cardiologist/researcher talking about the ... to the simplistic conclusion that foods containing cholesterol cause heart disease. Eggs are healthy food. But fish are good too.

Oh. Great! I love eggs. I eat them anyway, but it's very nice to know that in moderation they are nothing to fear. Thank you.
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What's with this "healthy food"? A coconut is healthy, but coconuts contain a high level of saturated fat and are not a healthy diet for humans.

Yes, that's yet another source of confusion...food that comprises a healthy diet for humans should, strictly speaking, be called "healthful" food..."healthy" food should refer to the condition of the food itself...some of the things I've seen sold as "health" food may be good for the well-being of the person consuming it, but the food itself invariably looks sickly..r
A couple of months ago, I watched a University of ... disease. Eggs are healthy food. But fish are good too.

Oh. Great! I love eggs. I eat them anyway, but it's very nice to know that in moderation they are nothing to fear. Thank you.

Gosh! You've been apprehensive about eating them up to now? Eggs were discussed in this forum several years ago, and I though it was agreed by most that there is no harm in eating them in moderation. Of course, there were some who disagreed, but there are always some who disagree with whatever is being asserted.
Tomorrow /cholesterol in avocadoes/ redux.

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