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.

Acai juice antioxidant claim checked

The label of a beverage containing mostly acai juice states, "antioxidant activity from vitamins A & E."

Cactus water claims get prickly

Various bottled waters containing prickly pear cactus "juice" and/or puree, along with other fruits or sweeteners have been trending, with claims of antioxidant and electrolyte content, among others... 

Dried mulberries -- amazing source of vitamin C?

Packages of dried mulberries abound in the "healthier foods" marketplace. Most, if not all, show at least 100% DV for vitamin C in one serving. 

Rating categories of foods "unhealthy"

A news article surveys nutritionist and consumer rankings of multi-ingredient foods, like pizza and granola bars, for healthfulness along with single-ingredient foods like kale and nuts. 

Chia, nut snack claims and marketing missteps

A chia importer and snack food company professes commitment to transparency in its nutrition labels/claims, then misstates calcium content, omits required omega-3 labeling, and misleadingly describes the common sweetener, maltodextrin.

Peanut butter can "cure" chapped lips

An online health article claims various "superfoods" can "cure" various conditions such as chapped lips...

Fiber claim for white quinoa

A packaged white quinoa includes "fiber" in a list of health claims on the company's website.

Nutrition claims for cocoa powder

A Dutch process cocoa powder product claims "good source of fiber... contains vitamins and minerals... rich in antioxidants and sterols "

Flour from Coffee Fruit Pulp -- Superfood?

A new flour made from coffee fruit pulp is being promoted for its fiber, protein, antioxidants, etc.

Gluten-free muffin mix nutrient claims

A gluten-free pumpkin muffin mix is described on the packaging and/or website with claims of "low carb," "4 g protein" and "rich in magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin E." The Nutrition Facts show 8% DV for vitamin C.

Sprouted, raw sunflower seed claims

The package for a raw, sprouted sunflower seed product makes claims ("jam packed," "great source of," "contains," etc.) about vitamin E, selenium, fiber, folate, iron and zinc.

Seller of lucuma powder claims it's high in vitamins, minerals, etc.

An online seller of lucuma fruit powder claims it is "rich in B-vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, niacin, and protein."

Kamut wheat, high in protein & omega-3, low in calories?

A health article on a major web portal touts the benefits of "the other ancient grain." kamut (aka Khorsan wheat), stating it is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and low in calories.

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