Top 10 Misleading Food Label Claims | Nutrition Labels BUSTED!!!

Top 10 Misleading Food Label Claims | Nutrition Labels BUSTED!!!

August 1, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– What’s up everybody, Dr. Mike here. I’m incredibly excited to
announce that this week’s video is officially all natural. Check this out! Impressive right, and
you know what that means? No you don’t. I don’t either. Doesn’t mean anything. This week I’m gonna be talking
about misleading food labels and my top ten tips on how to
be a more educated consumer. Number 10. Don’t buy into the meaningless phrases. All natural foods can
still contain chemicals. Even the FDA website doesn’t
have a formal definition of all natural, plus, even if something is fully all natural, it still
doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Your energy drink can contain
more caffeine than you think, and that’s courtesy of the guarana bean, which contains two to
three times more caffeine than the coffee bean, and
energy drink companies don’t have to add that to the
caffeine content on the can because it’s part of
their propriety blend. You see low fat on nutrition label, and you automatically
assume it must be healthy. First of all, you shouldn’t
be so scared of dietary fat, and second of all, most of these companies just jack up the sugar content to make up for the lost taste. Not so healthy right? Your bacon says no added nitrates, it must be preservative free. Not so fast. If it contains something
like celery root powder, that’s just another
form of added nitrates, that’s how they get you. Your food tastes really sweet, but the label says zero grams
of sugar, how’s that possible? Well it’s likely that you’re ingesting artificial sweeteners like aspartame, and while we don’t have absolute evidence that it’s bad for your
health, what we do know now, is it does change your brain chemistry and make you crave more unhealthy
foods throughout the day. You’re half way there
to the number one point that will make you an educated consumer. Zero grams of sugar added. It’s a great thing, but you still need to
check the nutrition facts for the naturally occurring sugar. For example, if you have
a cup of orange juice in the morning made up of four oranges, that’s 36 grams of sugar, same as a Coke, but guess what, the label will still say
zero grams of added sugar. Don’t fall for these
unsubstantiated health claims you often find on food packaging.; it boosts your immunity, it
helps your skin stay radiant. Most of these health claims
are often vague or exaggerated. In fact, the Journal of
Nutrition Education and Behavior, found that these claims
appeared mostly on foods high in saturated fats, sugars, or sodium. Just stick to the nutrition
facts and the ingredient list. Also, be skeptical when
the packaging touts a single ingredient. Usually that’s just a slight-of-hand move to distract you from the
other unhealthy ingredients found elsewhere. Whole wheat cereals, whole
wheat bars, whole wheat bread, you think you’re getting a
true whole wheat product? Not so fast. You have to look at the first ingredient in the ingredient section,
which is the most abundant one, and it has to have the
word whole, in order for it to be made predominantly of whole wheat. Number dos, va. Light, that sounds like a great quality for your food to have. Light, means low in fat,
low in calories, right? Not necessarily. If a food tastes light,
if it’s light in color, it can still carry the light label. So don’t get too excited
when you see light in the title of your food. The number one tip,
yes the number one tip, to make you an educated food consumer, look at the serving size. I’ve made this mistake so many times. I’ve gotten a container
of soup, and I said oh, it has slightly more
sodium than I thought, and then I ate it, and then I realized, the serving size was a
quarter of the container, so that means I had four times the amount of sodium I initially had. Now look, you get an ice cream container, and it says, 120 calories per half a cup, how many half a cup’s are
in your bowl of ice cream. The FDA’s even catching on to this one. If the entire container’s likely
to be eaten in one sitting, the companies will be obligated to put the entire container
as a serving size. So there you have it. You are now an educated food consumer. Please don’t stress
about your food choices, because stress is a true killer. Be smart, educate yourself,
know what you put in your body, and stay healthy, thanks for watching. Seven, your bacon’s (laughs). Well guess what, why do I
keep saying well guess what? Number nine, why am I doing six (laughs). (upbeat music)