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.

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."

Snack food with moringa

A snack food containing moringa leaf describes the leaf as being "one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world"...

Pecan package claims for fiber & protein

The front of a package of pecans claims "high in fiber and good source of protein"; the nutrition panel shows 3 g of each.

Dried apricots show 7% DV for vitamin C

A package of imported dried organic apricots shows 111 calories, 7% of the Daily Value for vitamin C, 1% DV for calcium, 0% DV for iron, and no mention of vitamin A.

Antioxidant claim for red and black popcorn kernels

Natural-grain red and black popcorn kernels are labeled/advertised to contain "protective antioxidants."

Chia berry smoothie nutrition labeling missteps

Labeling for a chia-berry blended fruit smoothie states that the chia seeds provide protein, and despite declaring a bounty of fruit, potassium (plentiful in fruit and vegetables) shows as 0 mg.

Beets -- nutrition powerhouse?

An article by a "healthy life stylist" on a major news site states that beets are "high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron..."

Plant protein milk alternative claims more fiber than dairy milk

The website of a plant-based, vegan milk alternative claims the fiber content of its original flavor is higher than that of dairy milk.

News article says dehydrated fruit healthier than dried due to lower sugar

A major news outlet consulted a dietitian and reports that "Unlike dried fruit, dehydrated fruit has no added sugar, so you can eat a lot more of it." 

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