September 25, 2008

Buyer, Beware (And Be Smart)!

The latest video on the Small Bites YouTube channel discusses four popular deceptive advertising techniques relating to nutrition:

--> "A daily dose of antioxidants."
--> "Cholesterol-free"
--> "0 grams of trans fat per serving!"
--> "Made with fruit"

Once you're familiar with these tricks, you won't be a sucker at the supermarket!


Anonymous said...

I was upset to find that the instant grits I like to eat every now and again contain trans fat. 0g on the label of course, but partially hydrogenated soybean oil in the ingredients list. I knew that baked goods and desserts tend to contain this stuff but grits? It just goes to show that you really have to look!

Hemi W said...

re: trans fat -
1. I read somewhere that manufacturers can claim "0 trans fat" if there is less than 0.5g per serving, but "No trans fat" only if there is absolutely 0g trans fat in the product. true?
2. Aren't there new means of hydrogenation that don't create trans fats? Some margarines claim no trans fats.