6 Health Food Frauds

It’s a common problem: packaging that shouts ‘low fat’, ‘all natural’ or ‘high fibre’, while the small print whispers this may not be entirely truthful. Not long ago in the US, one woman was so alarmed to discover that two tablespoons of Nutella, her ‘healthy’ go-to breakfast staple, packed in 837 kJ, 21g of sugar and 11g of fat, that she took its parent company to court … and won! The company set aside close to US$3m to help refund payments made by disgruntled consumers over a period of four years. “The so-called ‘health halos’ are everywhere,” explains dietitian Leslie Bonci. “But just because a biscuit is trans fat free doesn’t mean it’s kilojoule free.”

So, how many of these smooth-talkers are fooling you? Read on for six surprising products to look out for.

By Molly Raisch

Jan 10, 2013

6 Health Food Frauds

Don't always buy into the ‘healthy' labels - its contents may not be quite so angelic.

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  1. Anil10:16pm Tuesday 25th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well, how many of us read the labels anyway. It's time demand that strict regulation on various other products. Like "some free range eggs". Most of them are cage eggs anyway, labeled as free range!

  2. Anil10:07pm Tuesday 25th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How about strict regulation on some other food item such as some "Free Range" eggs. Most of them are not.

  3. Roger06:10pm Tuesday 25th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Add extra sodium to your salt, dramatically improves the flavour.

  4. ric m08:59am Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Stop worrying about climate change and worry about what you eat and drink

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  5. The Skud07:02pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    One they missed - Those little tubs of "Sweetened Cranberry" amongst the 'healthy' nut tubs in your Coles and Woollies supermarket's vegie and fruit section - The tiny print on the label admits they are 30 per cent sugar! While cranberries can be tart, a whole 30%?

  6. Mattie02:15pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    There should be tighter laws and law enforcement. It clearly illustrates that people or health don't matter just the mighty $ and the Governments the people elect don't give a fig because they are only interested in the $ that comes their way. People need to play a far bigger role in their own health and what they expect from Health Companies who only deceive the people because no-one puts up any resistence or keeps them to their responsibility .l grow all my own fruit and veg, have my own chickens for eggs, have a grocery bill of less than $30/week, filter my water and know exactly what goes into my body. With a little set up effort we can all do this. With less demand for their products these rogue Companies would be much more diligent and ? honest..

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  7. Glib12:42pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Heard it all 1000 times.......