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.

"Cholesterol-Free" and "Trans-Fat-Free" Oils

A newspaper article about a ban on trans fat in restaurants tells of a restaurateur planning to switch to a soybean oil that he was told will be “cholesterol free” and “trans fat free.” 

"Belly Flattening" Foods

A health magazine article by a dietitian/MPH and reprinted on a major online news site states that certain foods are “belly flattening.” 

Incorrect Nutrient Claims for Grain

The package of a grain product claims the product is high in fiber, two amino acids, vitamin E, etc.

Replacements for Trans Fats

A newspaper article states that some replacements for trans fats, such as peanut oil, contain lots of saturated fats, and might be just as bad for health. The article also quotes a nurse practitioner saying that good alternatives include soybean, corn, safflower and sunflower oils, in addition to canola and olive oil.

"Healthy" Canned Soup Not "Low-Sodium"

An online article in a major financial newspaper describes a reformulated, "healthy" canned soup product as “low-sodium.” 

Omega 3 from Flaxseed vs. Fish

A news article states that flaxseed is a better source of omega-3 fats than fish.

Acai Fruit Drink Misinformation

An “energy” supplement drink containing acai and other fruit purees claims “high levels of omega fatty-acids, iron” and protein.

Is Butter Low-Fat in a Smaller Serving Size?

A health & fitness blog states that butter legally could be called “low fat” just by specifying a very small serving size, because FDA rules do not define serving sizes. 

Use of Term "Low Glycemic"

The Web site for an agave sweetener states that it is an FDA violation to claim a product is “low glycemic” when it isn’t.

Protein in Broccoli

A health/cooking magazine describes broccoli as a "very good source of protein." 

Nutrition Label - Percentage of Calories

A health/nutrition blog states that nutrition labels must list the percentage of a food’s calories coming from fat, sugar, protein and carbohydrates. 

Goji Berry Nutrition Claims

A news article states numerous nutrition claims about a dried berry from China (goji berry, aka wolfberry).

Trans Fats - Only Recently Denounced?

A news article states that until recently trans fat was considered a healthier alternative to saturated fats.

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