Well, stop the presses! Last month, Fitness Magazine unveiled the winners of its “Healthy Food Awards” for 2011!
According to the magazine, these foods are “[t]he best of the best! The complete collection of our annual picks for the most delicious health foods on the planet”! Did you hear that? THE! MOST! DELICIOUS! HEALTH! FOODS! ON! THE! PLANET!
And how did they pick the winners? Fitness Magazine shares its methodology:
We worked with top nutritionists to find hundreds of sweet, salty, and savory treats that are low in calories and fat. Then we crunched our way through them to bring you the best-tasting options to satisfy any craving -- and still keep you slim.Oooh! "Top nutritionists"! "Low in calories and fat!" "Crunching!" Scientific!
So without further ado, here are a few of the items selected by Fitness Magazine as the “healthiest” foods available to us:
- Funley’s Original Stix in the Mud Chocolate Cookie Clusters (because they’re “individually wrapped for easy portion control”!)
- Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding (it’s “made with low-fat milk”!)
- Skinny Cow Low-Fat Fudge Bars ("guilt-free" because, well, see above!)
- Frito-Lay's Rold Gold Pretzels (as one Fitness Magazine editor says, “the salt helps keep me going!” -- and we all know that salt is the human body’s primary energy source!)
- Deep Chocolate VitaMuffins (hey -- it says “Vita” so it’s gotta be healthy!)
- Coca-Cola's Vitaminwater Zero Rhythm (yes, the name "Zero Rhythm" is unfortunate -- but it's engineered to have zero calories!)
- Edy's Slow Churned Fudge Tracks Ice Cream (really? "Fudge Tracks”?)
Frankly, it’s a relief to see that grass-fed, pastured meat and sustainably-grown vegetables aren’t anywhere on the magazine’s list of “healthiest” foods. Otherwise, I would’ve suspected that Fitness Magazine’s editors had caved to the influence of the nation's evil, super-powerful lobby of small, local farmers and ranchers.
Seriously, Fitness Magazine: It's not that hard.