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.

Pistachio Calorie and Fat Claims

An advertisement claims pistachios are the lowest calorie and lowest fat nut.

Generic Sodium Data for Ham in Recipe

A health reporter touts a recipe for honey-glazed ham, saying it has only 580 mg sodium per serving.

Incorrect Nutrition Data for Restaurant Salad Online

A restaurant trade magazine reviewing restaurant nutrition calculators quotes a consumer saying a restaurant salad was not a good/balanced choice according to data she saw online.

Wrong Nutrition for Cupcake Recipe on Diet Web Site

A vegan cupcake recipe posted on a diet/fitness site shows 72 calories, 1.54 g fat, etc. per cupcake.

"Fat-Fighting" Dessert with Impossible Nutrition Data

A restaurant dessert is declared best in its category for “fighting fat.” 

Coconut Chip Called "Low in Fat"

An award-winning coconut chip is described on a food industry Web site as “low fat.” 

Fruit Bar with Unsupported Antioxidant Claims

A dried fruit and nut bar has the word “antioxidant” on the front label. The nutrition panel shows 0% DV for vitamins A and C. 

Antioxidant Boost from Hot Pepper Spices?

Web sites and food/nutrition blogs claim that cooking with cayenne and other hot pepper spices will give an “antioxidant boost.” 

Dietitian Touts Brain-Building Foods

A dietitian interviewed by a medical news reporter touts brain-building foods.

Too Much Fiber?

A nutrition “expert” (RD) evaluates the nutrition data of a fast food dish for a newspaper article and declares the 65-115 g fiber to be too much. 

USDA Approval of Nutrition Labels?

A nutrition analysis company says it provides “USDA-approved nutrition labels.”

High Omega-3 Fatty Acid Hot Dog

A hot dog made from grass-fed beef is advertised as high in omega-3 fatty acids. 

"Superfruit" Preserve

An RD (dietitian) rates a “superfruit” preserve in a cooking magazine as a best new food for nutrition and taste. 

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