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.

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).

Impossible Sugar, Carbohydrate Content On Label

A packaged meal containing rice, chicken, honey, fructose, brown sugar, etc. shows 0 g sugars on its nutrition label. 

Sodium in Chicken Nuggets

An award-winning health writer states that a serving of chicken nuggets has a “whopping” 360 mg sodium. 

Quinoa - Complete Protein?

An article in a major news magazine states that quinoa is the only vegetable that is a complete protein. 

Low-Cal Snack or Wrong Serving Size?

A “popped” grain snack crisp shows an amazingly low 16 calories per serving.

Polyphenols in Popcorn

A study declares popcorn higher in polyphenols than fruits and veggies. 

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