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.

High Omega-3 Fatty Acid Hot Dog

A hot dog made from grass-fed beef is advertised as high in omega-3 fatty acids. 

"Superfruit" Preserve

An RD (dietitian) rates a “superfruit” preserve in a cooking magazine as a best new food for nutrition and taste. 

10 Calorie Greek Salad

A restaurant nutrition app and Web site shows 10 calories for a Greek Salad.

Nutrition Facts on Front of Packages

An online news site states that FDA will require food manufacturers to display nutrition info on the front of packages. 

Dietitian Declares Doughnuts Better than Bagels

In an online article a dietitian declares a jelly doughnut the nutritional “winner” over a bagel with cream cheese.

Herbs a Good Source of Iron and Calcium?

A health blog by a major newspaper (copied from a “healthy foods” web site) states that thyme is a good source of iron and calcium.

Listing of Sulfites in Ingredients

A Web article on little-known facts about nutrition labels states that sulfites don’t need to be declared in a product’s ingredients. 

Light and Healthy Mac and Cheese?

A nutrition consultant/chef’s recipe for macaroni & cheese is described as “light and healthy” in a news article.

Dried Cherry Data Inaccuracies

The Nutrition Facts for a sweetened, dried cherry product shows 0 mg potassium and 10 g fiber. 

CA Menu Labeling Law Effective Date

In a newspaper opinion piece, a former judge in California states that California’s menu labeling law goes into effect in 2011.

Exemptions from Nutrition Labeling

A blog states that all food and beverage products, including bottled water, must have a nutrition label.

Serving Size is Regulated

A food and health blog states that food companies alter serving sizes to control the information on Nutrition Facts labels. 

Fewer Carbs in Flatbread?

In an online news article a dieting chef recommends making sandwiches on flatbread rather than regular bread to reduce carbohydrates. 

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