It killed the radio star, and if you eat what’s playing on your TV, it could kill you too. According to a study released today, if someone were to eat a 2,000 calorie diet based solely on the foods that they saw advertised on television, they would get 25 times the recommended amount of sugar and 20 times the recommended amount of fat. Well…duh. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the number of commercials for fast food, pizza, candy, soda, ice cream, and chips dwarfs commercials that advertise anything remotely healthy. The surprising part is that even if you restrict calories to the recommended daily intake, you’ll still be hitting your blood sugar and arteries with way too much fat and sugar.
The good news is that most people don’t buy and eat everything they see on television. But apparently, researchers have found that many Americans look to TV for information on nutrition, making those commercials more influential than we’d like to admit. We’d recommend a lot more PSAs during prime time shows. If people saw more ads illustrating the risks of high cholesterol during American Idol, maybe they’d think twice before buying a Snickers the next time they’re at the gas station.