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.

Bungled Restaurant Burger Nutrition Online

An online listing of nutrition info for restaurants shows a steakhouse burger as having 392 calories per 1/2 serving, 405 calories from fat, 0 grams saturated fat and 0 grams protein.

Cost of Restaurant Nutrition Analysis

A newspaper article and editorial cite the cost for nutrition analysis per restaurant menu item at up to $5,000, based on restaurant group estimates.

Low-Calorie Oatmeal?

A restaurant press release mentions “low-calorie oatmeal” when discussing menu nutrition.

Who Regulates US Food Labeling?

A licensed dietitian/nutritionist writing for a newspaper states that FTC, not FDA, controls nutrition labeling issues.

Foods with "Few Calories"?

An article by a dietitian in a major women’s magazine lists 10 nutritious foods with “relatively few calories.” 

Healthier Fast Foods?

A “nutrition expert” interviewed by a news station selects “best bets” in fast food for healthier options.

Worst Healthy Foods?

A list of “worst ‘healthy’ foods” includes yogurt with fruit on the bottom. 

Calories in Pears, Fruit

A list of top foods in a major financial newspaper describes pears as “low in calories.” 

Apple Pie High in Vitamin C?

A baked apple pie sold at health food stores shows 160% DV for vitamin C on the nutrition panel for one slice.

"Cholesterol-Free" and "Trans-Fat-Free" Oils

A newspaper article about a ban on trans fat in restaurants tells of a restaurateur planning to switch to a soybean oil that he was told will be “cholesterol free” and “trans fat free.” 

"Belly Flattening" Foods

A health magazine article by a dietitian/MPH and reprinted on a major online news site states that certain foods are “belly flattening.” 

Incorrect Nutrient Claims for Grain

The package of a grain product claims the product is high in fiber, two amino acids, vitamin E, etc.

Replacements for Trans Fats

A newspaper article states that some replacements for trans fats, such as peanut oil, contain lots of saturated fats, and might be just as bad for health. The article also quotes a nurse practitioner saying that good alternatives include soybean, corn, safflower and sunflower oils, in addition to canola and olive oil.

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