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.

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.

Popular "diet foods" called fattening

A magazine article that quotes "diet doctors." nutrition professors and health psychologists claims that many foods consumed by dieters can make them fat. Among those foods are hummus, nuts, grapes and kale...

Gluten-free crunchy cheese snack with 10 g protein

A gluten-free dried cheese snack made from Parmesan cheese "with quinoa and ancient grains" declares 10 g protein on the front of the package and only 75 calories on the nutrition panel.

Award-winning Gluten-free Brownie Mix Nutrition Reality

A gluten-free brownie mix that won a major trade show award (for natural/health foods) contains 17 grams sugar per serving and 1 gram fiber.

Website states its cookies and cereals are good source of vitamins, minerals

A manufacturer of foods targeted to kids states on its website that the cookies and cereals are good sources of various vitamins, minerals and omega-3 ALAs (alpha-linolenic acid -- the plant-derived source of omega-3 fatty acids).

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