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.

OJ High in Potassium and Good Source of Calcium?

An online article lists 15 foods high in potassium; says orange juice is also a good source of calcium...

Potatoes Promoted for Calcium

An article by a physician recommends potatoes as a source of calcium.

Kohlrabi Promoted as a Superfood

A Web article declares kohlrabi the new superfood.

Nutrients in (and not in) Leafy Greens

A nutritionist/RD blogs that leafy greens are a "great" source of omega-3 and vitamin E.

Use of "Healthy" Claim for Granola

The web site for a granola product describes it as “healthy” and full of various nutrients from each ingredient.

Yogurt vs Kefir

A health writer for various magazines compares yogurt to kefir, and says a serving of kefir has 3 g fiber while yogurt has none.

Health Benefits of Pasta?

An online health article extols upon the inflammation/insulin/heart benefits of antioxidants in pasta.

Claims on Web Site Unsupported

The manufacturer’s web site and other sites that sell their snack bar advertise it as low in sodium, high in protein and low in sugar, in addition to making other claims. 

Fructose vs Glucose in Fruit

In a major news magazine, the author of a book on obesity states that fructose is found in fruit in much lower concentrations than glucose. 

Macadamia Nut Oil Claims

A celebrity chef promotes macadamia nut oil, saying it’s high in amino acids (protein), B vitamins, minerals, etc.

Inaccurate Data on Website for French Fries

A potato product company shows about 10 g total carbs and 10 mg sodium for its frozen fries online.

Antioxidants in Pasta?

An online health article describes pasta as having significant antioxidant content.

Nutrient Claims for Kettle Corn

A kettle corn product in 4 flavors claims “low calorie” and “good source of fiber,” and shows iron and vitamin E at 10% DV (good source).

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