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.

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. 

"Evaporated Cane Juice"

An article in a health magazine states that evaporated cane juice is healthier than regular sugar, and recommends a fruit-flavored candy product because it is sweetened with cane juice, which, it is implied, will not cause “insulin spikes.” 

Antioxidants and Acai Berry in Juice

An online food & beverage news article states that a drink made with acai berries has more antioxidants than any similar beverage, and quotes the manufacturer as saying that the acai berry has more antioxidants than any other fruit on earth.

"Whole Wheat" Crackers

A “whole wheat” cracker shows less than 1 g fiber on the Nutrition Facts panel. The first ingredient is whole wheat flour; the second is enriched wheat flour. 

Fruit Bar With Impossible Nutrition Data

A dried fruit bar that weighs 25 grams is labeled as having 18 g of fiber and 6 g sugars. The ingredients (which by law must be listed in descending order of predominance) are apple puree, apple concentrate, another fruit concentrate, and a proprietary fruit extract. 

Mislabeled Popcorn Snack

A new popcorn snack is labeled and advertised as “low in fat and calories” and as a “healthy snack.”

Misinformation about Dietary Cholesterol

A major UK grocery chain spokesman is quoted saying, “heart disease … is primarily caused by bad diets with food too high in cholesterol which clog the arteries.”

"Healthier" Soybean Oil

Major newspapers reported that a new variety of soybean being grown in the U.S. produces a “healthier” oil. The new beans contain 1-3% linolenic acid, rather than the 7% found in regular soybeans. 

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