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The American paradox

(article, Culinate staff)

So you've probably heard of the so-called French paradox, in which those indulgent Gauls cram Brie and Bordeaux down their gullets and yet stay slim and trim. (Whether or not the French paradox actually exists, plenty of Americans believe in it.) Now comes its neatly inverted corollary, the American paradox: Why do Americans put such a premium on eating well and yet continue to get fatter? As the New York Times_ reported, the problem may be due in part to the "health halo," or our willingness to consume large quantities of foods labeled as "healthy" that really aren't. Superfoods, anyone?