A healthy change in the language?

October 14, 2010

PepsiCo trims forecast, bets on healthier food

PEPSICO/EDITORS: Foods are more nutritious or more healthful.

They are not “healthier,” unless they are more robust, in good health.

A Careful Reader

You have my sympathy.

That same distinction was drilled into me long ago, too. I was taught that people are healthy, foods are healthful.

However, it would seem this is one more word that has been watered down by popular use, or misuse. Among the definitions for healthy on dictionary.com I find: conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations. GBU Editor

Bottles of Pepsi cola are seen in a display at PepsiCo’s 2010 Investor Meeting event in New York, March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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