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.

Toddler snack makes protein & probiotic claims

The package for a snack developed for toddlers claims it contains "all 9 essential amino acids" and "the daily recommended dose of probiotics."

Alternative ice cream claims low calorie and high protein

A frozen dairy-based dessert partially sweetened with alternative sweeteners claims to be low in calories and high in protein...

Cheese-based snack claims high protein, calcium

A cheese-based, crispy snack food is described as "high in protein" and "excellent source of calcium," however...

Supermarket shelf talker says nuts "high in fiber"

A national grocery chain shows nutritional assets of various food products on shelf talkers, including one describing a blend of mixed nuts as high in fiber...

YouTube clip describes popcorn as high in vitamin E

A YouTube clip about foods high in vitamin E claims that popcorn is on the list and that it has 25% of the Daily Value per serving...

Claims for ingredients, and the "super foods" that contain them

A snack food's labeling (including website) lists the "nutrient-packed" products' many "high-grade" ingredients, with multiple health and nutrient claims for each of them...

Fruits with "decent" amount of protein?

A health-focused magazine article lists six fruits that contain "relatively high amounts" of protein.

Chocolate & nut mix label claims vitamin E, selenium

An organic deluxe fruit and nut mix with dark chocolate is described as being a "good source of vitamin E and selenium antioxidants" on the label and website...

Sugar, diabetes and obesity

An article in a major newspaper claims that "Sugar is the driving force behind the diabetes and obesity epidemics."

"Antioxidant honey"

A honey sold at health food stores is labeled as "antioxidant honey"...

Diet book author says skim milk has more sugar than whole milk, and eggs more protein than oatmeal

A diet book author (and physician) claims that skim/nonfat milk has sugar, unlike whole milk. He also claims oatmeal is less healthy and filling than eggs.

Doctor claims fatty beef better than lean

A diet book author and MD claims that fatty beef is healthier than lean meat, because, unlike chicken for example, it has iron and more antioxidants.

Online article slams fried foods for inflammation

A health & fitness site's article about "inflammation-causing" foods claims that fried foods (ALL?) are bad for you because they contain "loads of saturated fat."

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