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.

Gluten-free muffin mix nutrient claims

A gluten-free pumpkin muffin mix is described on the packaging and/or website with claims of "low carb," "4 g protein" and "rich in magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin E." The Nutrition Facts show 8% DV for vitamin C.

Sprouted, raw sunflower seed claims

The package for a raw, sprouted sunflower seed product makes claims ("jam packed," "great source of," "contains," etc.) about vitamin E, selenium, fiber, folate, iron and zinc.

Seller of lucuma powder claims it's high in vitamins, minerals, etc.

An online seller of lucuma fruit powder claims it is "rich in B-vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, niacin, and protein."

Kamut wheat, high in protein & omega-3, low in calories?

A health article on a major web portal touts the benefits of "the other ancient grain." kamut (aka Khorsan wheat), stating it is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and low in calories.

Popular "diet foods" called fattening

A magazine article that quotes "diet doctors." nutrition professors and health psychologists claims that many foods consumed by dieters can make them fat. Among those foods are hummus, nuts, grapes and kale...

Gluten-free crunchy cheese snack with 10 g protein

A gluten-free dried cheese snack made from Parmesan cheese "with quinoa and ancient grains" declares 10 g protein on the front of the package and only 75 calories on the nutrition panel.

Award-winning Gluten-free Brownie Mix Nutrition Reality

A gluten-free brownie mix that won a major trade show award (for natural/health foods) contains 17 grams sugar per serving and 1 gram fiber.

Website states its cookies and cereals are good source of vitamins, minerals

A manufacturer of foods targeted to kids states on its website that the cookies and cereals are good sources of various vitamins, minerals and omega-3 ALAs (alpha-linolenic acid -- the plant-derived source of omega-3 fatty acids).

Nutritionist Suggests Low-Starch Diet for Better Skin

A holistic nutritionist writing for a major magazine recommends a low-starch diet for good skin, because starches are "difficult to digest."

Antioxidant Claim for Iced Green Tea with "Super Fruit"

The website for an iced green tea flavored with fruits that are "rich in antioxidants" states that there are 140 mg antioxidants in one serving.

Bottled Cocktail Labeled "Low-Calorie"

A bottled margarita is claimed to be low in calories, with only 41 calories per 1.5 oz.

Vitamin C from Nuts & Seeds?

A new nut and seed butter shows unusually high amounts of vitamin C in the Nutrition Facts panel. Is this possible?

Apple Cider Vinegar as Health Remedy

Many websites and store shelves are proclaiming a wide variety of health benefits for apple cider vinegar, including lowering cholesterol, strengthening bones and teeth, and weight loss.

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