Apple bread’s health claims are false, study finds
Apple bread has been around for years, and has been hailed as a healthy alternative to processed foods.
However, a new study from the University of Alberta finds the claim is false.
The study looked at data from the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Agency (FSSA) on the health claims made for the product and compared it to the actual data.
The researchers found that the health claim for Apple bread is largely misleading, while the real data shows that there are health benefits.
“We found no convincing evidence that there’s any benefit from eating the processed products,” Dr. Elizabeth Miller said in a news release.
The FSSA also reported that, despite the popularity of Apple bread in the US, the average American diet is a low-fat, low-sugar one, which could be partially responsible for the low intake of nutrients that are essential for health.
In its 2016 assessment of the health benefits of processed foods, the FSSB said processed foods are generally “low in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and essential fatty acids.”
“It seems that people who have high intakes of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt are the ones who are not benefiting from these products,” Miller said.
“They may be at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.”
Miller said the results of the new study also raise questions about the overall effectiveness of products that claim to be healthier.
“The evidence for the overall health benefits for food is not strong, but there is some evidence for some health benefits,” she said.
She also said that the study doesn’t support the claim that people need to limit their intake of processed food.
“I don’t think it’s clear from the study if people really need to restrict their intake or not,” Miller added.
Miller and her colleagues will present their results at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2017 International Conference on Food Science and Nutrition.
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