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 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...

Dietitian says fava beans are high in vitamins & minerals

A dietitian/nutritionist is quoted in a wellness magazine saying that fava beans are high in vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and potassium...

Gluten-free, vegan cake mix with omega 3 & 6 claims

A gluten-free, vegan baking mix is labeled as having an "excellent source of omega 3 & 6" and shows "26" as the serving size... 

Kale snack claim for mineral content unsupported by its nutrition label

The labeling for a dried kale snack states that the main ingredient "contains" calcium, iron and other nutrients... 

Flavored seltzer claims it fights inflammation, high blood pressure, etc.

A flavored carbonated water containing camu camu is labeled with claims that it can fight inflammation and elevated blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, etc.

Website selling banana chips makes health and nutrient claims

A website that sells nuts and dried fruit says bananas can help cure or treat everything from upset stomachs, goiter and viruses to colon cancer...

Water lily seed snack claims for antioxidants, calories etc

A snack made from water lily seeds makes the following claims on its website and packaging: low-calorie, high in antioxidants, etc...

Sweetened aloe & fruit juice claims "no fructose"

The package for a juice made from aloe vera, with fruit juice and sugar added, states "no fructose"...

Breakfast cereal video ad distorts calorie claim

A major food manufacturer claims in a marketing video that a serving of one of its breakfast cereals is "low-calorie"...

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