Food/Nutrition Bloopers from Restaurants,
Food Companies, Web sites and News Media

The following are actual quotes or observations (the latest entries are at the top). Click for our comments. Some of these errors/misinformation have been subsequently corrected by their source and some have not.

Omega 3 from Flaxseed vs. Fish

A news article states that flaxseed is a better source of omega-3 fats than fish.

Acai Fruit Drink Misinformation

An “energy” supplement drink containing acai and other fruit purees claims “high levels of omega fatty-acids, iron” and protein.

Is Butter Low-Fat in a Smaller Serving Size?

A health & fitness blog states that butter legally could be called “low fat” just by specifying a very small serving size, because FDA rules do not define serving sizes. 

Use of Term "Low Glycemic"

The Web site for an agave sweetener states that it is an FDA violation to claim a product is “low glycemic” when it isn’t.

Protein in Broccoli

A health/cooking magazine describes broccoli as a "very good source of protein." 

Nutrition Label - Percentage of Calories

A health/nutrition blog states that nutrition labels must list the percentage of a food’s calories coming from fat, sugar, protein and carbohydrates. 

Goji Berry Nutrition Claims

A news article states numerous nutrition claims about a dried berry from China (goji berry, aka wolfberry).

Trans Fats - Only Recently Denounced?

A news article states that until recently trans fat was considered a healthier alternative to saturated fats.

"Healthy" Snack Chips?

A newspaper review of healthier snacks describes various chips as “low-fat,” high in fiber, and made with trans fat-free oils. 

Are Nutrition/Health Claims on Foods Regulated?

A dietitian quoted in an online news article says that nutrition and health claims on food packages are not regulated.

Sodium in Sodas

A medical doctor/reporter on cable news states that soft drinks (sodas) are high in sodium.

Wrong Nutrition on Minestrone Soup

A can of store brand minestrone soup shows 0% vitamin A and 15% vitamin C. The first ingredient listed (after water) is carrots.

Heart-Healthy Chocolate Bar?

A chocolate bar containing plant sterol esters is promoted as being good for heart health. The bar contains 3.5 g saturated fat per serving. 

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