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