Most people characterize their diet over the past year as pretty healthy, according to a Consumer Reports poll.
But delve deeper into the survey's findings, and it seems we may be fooling ourselves.
Nancy Metcalf with Consumer Reports explains, "We asked people what steps they're taking to eat well and control their weight. It turns out that only 15 percent are counting calories, which is actually a key strategy for losing weight."
In fact, the poll found most people don't have an accurate take on calorie counting.
Nancy says, "We asked people which had more calories, a Dunkin Donuts glazed donut or a Dunkin Donuts plain bagel. 75 percent got it wrong."
The doughnut actually has 260 calories, the bagel 320 calories.
And are there more calories in 20 M&M's or an ounce of pretzel sticks?
One said, "20 M&M's." Another guessed, "20 M&M's."
And a third said, ""M&M's."
Actually the M&M's have 68 calories. That ounce of pretzel sticks - a hundred calories.
Nancy adds, "Even people who described themselves in our poll as watching what they eat didn't necessarily make good choices."
About 30% who say they carefully limit sugar down a sugar-sweetened drink most days. And 10% who say they strictly limit their fat, had bacon or another fatty meat for breakfast.
But the good news - nearly 60% of those polled said they eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. And they're choosing whole grains instead of white bread and white rice.
Consumer Reports' survey also found 78% of Americans eat breakfast. That's another important finding because eating breakfast has been shown to keep your weight under control.
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