Food Fraud Archive

Food Fraud: Cole Slaw

Cabbage can be dandy for weight loss, but cole slaw can be a diet disaster. At one popular restaurant, a small cup (4.5 ounces) has 260 calories and 21 grams of fat — a third of most people’s daily limit — thanks to copious mayonnaise. Food Fix: Some places make a healthier slaw, ...Read More

Food Fraud: Iceberg Lettuce

This popular lettuce is big on crunch but a big “zero” when it comes to vitamins and flavor. And its boring taste leads many people to overdo it on the dressing and toppings. Food Fix: Add spinach or arugula to the mix. Crumble 2 tablespoons (100 calories) of blue cheese or feta on ...Read More

Food Fraud: Microwave Popcorn

The word “snack” can be a little misleading on microwave popcorn. One popular brand packs 9 grams of bad fat, including 6 grams of trans fat, into each “snack size” bag. Some “snack bags” are labeled as more than one serving as well. It is easy to assume that one bag is ...Read More

Food Fraud: Low-Fat Granola

The low-fat version of this crunchy cereal has only 10% fewer calories and is still full of sugar. Plus, the low-fat label can easily lead you to overeat. A study at Cornell University found that people ate 49% more granola when they thought it was low fat — easily blowing past the ...Read More

Food Fraud: Breakfast Muffins

Muffins masquerade as a healthy choice for breakfast. They beat doughnuts, they’re still mainly sugary little cakes of refined flour. One store-bought muffin can hit 500 calories with 11 teaspoons of sugar. Most of us find it very easy to justify something when it has fruit in it or if it says ...Read More

Food Fraud: Turkey Hot Dogs

The nutritional content of turkey hot dogs varies from brand to brand — and some are real turkeys when it comes to health. It may say “less fat” on the front label, but when you check the fine print on the back, you find there’s still plenty of fat left in each ...Read More

Food Fraud: 2% Milk Latte

It’s tempting to choose “reduced-fat” milk in a latte and reward yourself with whipped cream on top. Sadly, this trade-off still adds up to 580 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat in a 20 ounce white chocolate mocha. That’s worse than a quarter-pound burger with cheese. If you want to see ...Read More

Food Fraud: Enhanced Water

Water plus vitamins can’t go wrong, right? Vitamins are commonly added to bottled water and advertised on the front label. But some brands also add sugar, taking water from zero calories to as much as 125. Also take into account that most people do not count the calories they drink in their ...Read More

Food Fraud: Chicken Burrito

In the line your choices include chicken, steak or pork so it’s safe to assume that a chicken burrito is probably not a bad option, right? With healthy beans and no red meat, what’s the problem? About 1,000 calories and plenty of saturated fat — cheese, sour cream, and the fat in ...Read More

Food Fraud: Energy Bars

Thinking you are making good choices with the energy bars? But they are made for health nuts and gym rats, they should be good, right? Many of these are simply enhanced candy bars with more calories (up to 500) and a higher price tag. Their compact size also leaves many people unsatisfied. ...Read More