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.

Plant-based legume flour with "super-sized" nutrient claims

The website for a protein-rich “flour alternative” made from a lupine seed/bean says the product is packed with calcium, magnesium and other nutrients...

Amount of nutrients in dried fruit product inflated

The package for a dried fruit (mulberry) product claims “rich in vitamin A, C, E, K, calcium, iron and fiber..."

Doctor writes that dark chocolate and berries are low in sugar

A wellness article in a major news outlet written by a doctor states that sugar ("poison") is in everything, including ketchup and salad dressings, but that dark chocolate and berries are "low-sugar"...

More veggie chips with a cornucopia of claims

The package for a dried kale/veggie snack mentions vitamin E, magnesium, iron, calcium, lycopene, etc. in its marketing description... 

Claims for veggie chips containing bone broth

The website for a line of veggie chips that contain bone broth claims the products are rich in vitamins and minerals, and provide other “benefits”...

Chocolate bar labeled as "low sugar"

A chocolate bar with 8 grams of sugar (all from added sugars) is labeled/advertised as being "low sugar" and "low carb"...

"Antioxidant" trail mix with no antioxidant content showing

An "antioxidant" trail mix containing nuts, seeds and dried fruit needs to actually contain antioxidants and show how much...

Supersized moringa leaf claims

A powdered/dried moringa leaf product makes nutrition claims for large amounts of protein, iron, fiber and antioxidants (“better than kale”)...

Gluten-free cracker with impossibly high protein

A gluten-free cracker containing mostly refined starches and flavored/colored with turmeric is labeled as having 4 g protein per 15 g serving...

Vegan energy balls have Inflated protein claim, nutrition data rounding issues

A retailer’s shelf talker for a vegan energy ball declares the product is high in plant protein...

"Paleo" granola makes health and protein claims

The package for a "paleo" (grain-free) granola implies that it can treat health conditions such as inflammation, insomnia and problem skin, and characterizes the protein content as at least a good source...

Almond milk yogurt shows strangely high fat content; wrong protein DV

A plant-based (almond) yogurt shows 15 g of fat on the Nutrition Facts and 5% DV for protein while making a nutrient (“benefits”) claim for protein...

Noncompliant claims for plant-based spread

The labeling (on package and website) for a vegan/plant-based spread makes claims for various minerals (selenium, zinc, etc.) and protein content...

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