(Aug. 4) When it comes to defining healthy food, there’s a good deal of nonsense floating around these days.

But perhaps nothing is more nonsensical than the claim by the head of the National Restaurant Association, that there are no “good foods or bad foods.”

What kind of strange line is he trying to toe?

The argument is easily enough debunked. As one Produce for Better Health Foundation staffer astutely noted: “If you put an apple next to a candy bar, try to tell me those both are good for you.”

But why make such a ridiculous statement in the first place? Do restaurants serve up such unhealthy fare that he can’t make a simple concession that some foods are worse than others?

Restaurant association president Steven Anderson claims that people aren’t eating more calories today, just that a slothful attitude seeping across America is to blame for expanding pant sizes. On the second point, he may well be right.

But caloric intake is indeed up. Compared to 1977, people now eat as many as 300 calories a day more, according to PBH.

Good food or bad, those numbers don’t lie.