Unhealthy Foods That Seem Healthy
The 7 Biggest Food Label Lies
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This is an election year, which means that if you hate being lied to, the next 11 months are not going to be pleasant.
Your instinct might be to turn off the TV, cancel the paper, and unplug the Internet until November passes. And that will work, to a certain extent. But if you really want to avoid being lied to, I suggest you take an even more radical step.
Stop going to the supermarket.
Unless you're as easily misled as Newt Gingrich's ex-wives, you're already clued in to the idea that most political campaigns are nothing but a pile of baloney, sandwiched between two slices of toasted mendacity. But unless you have a Ph.D. in nutrition, you might not realize that the supermarket shelves are as full of shysterism as the campaign trail. Every time you walk into a grocery store or a restaurant, food marketers are trying to feed you a line of bull.
That's why we launched the Eat This, Not That! book series four years ago. By playing David to Big Food's Goliath, we keep the food industry honest. More than 6 million books later, the mindset of hungry Americans is clearly changing. Recent polls show 96% of us would like genetically modified foods to be clearly labeled, and 70% of U.S. diners want more transparency about the sourcing and nutritional value of their menu items. (Video: 10 Scary Food Additives)
But until those improvements come to pass, you'll have to take your nutritional fate into your own hands. The shelves of your local supermarket and the pages of your favorite chain's menu are rife with health food impostors, and it's up to you—and me—to call them out. (Search: What foods seem healthy, but aren't?) Some of these shady products are so egregious, in fact, that I believe they deserve a swift smack from the heavy hand of the law. Below I throw the book at 7 foods that just aren't what they seem.
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