Baked Snacks Not Necessarily Healthier; Low-Calorie Fries with That?

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A July 19, 2006 article by John Johnston quotes ACSH's Jeff Stier:

"Egged on by the food police, people think they are doing the healthier thing -- and are willing to sacrifice and eat the baked snacks."

The tone in Jeff Stier's voice is filled with the irony at the word "sacrifice."

However, those "sacrifices" are in vain, according to Stier, associate director of the American Council of Science and Health (ACSH).

That's true, he says, beause "baked and regular chips often have the same amount of calories. Worse, people expecting to avoid weight gain with baked items may end up eating more crackers -- and thus more calories -- because they think they are eating a diet food."

And a July 26, 2006 Johnston piece quotes ACSH's Molly Lee on the topic of the company Solae creating a partially-soy burger:

The firm says it has figured out how to combine soy and meat to form a burger with the same taste and consistency as the real thing; it's expected to be available later this year.

"The hybrid burger is a good example of how modern technology can be used to improve people's health," says Molly Lee, an Earhart Foundation Research Intern at the American Council on Science and Health.

"It is difficult to get people to change their habits….but technology can be used to develop new foods that taste like the ones we know and love minus the fat and calories we don't need."