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Were You Misled by These Ocean Spray, Nutella, and Gluten-Free Bread labels?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice....

You say you want healthy foods? We have what you’re looking for, claim food processors.

Better hold onto your wallet. And get out your reading glasses and a magnifying glass.

Take Ocean Spray’s Greek Yogurt Craisins. The company says it took its dried cranberries and “drenched them in creamy, tangy Greek yogurt.”

Really?

craisins

More like smothered them in sugar, palm kernel oil, and Greek yogurt powder.  So, yogurt powder is creamy?

One serving – just two tablespoons – packs 140 calories and a quarter of a day’s worth of saturated fat. That’s a lot.

And Greek yogurt is supposed to be protein-rich, right?  Forget it.  These Craisins drenched in Greek yogurt have less than one gram of protein in a serving.

“Hazelnut spread with skim milk & cocoa.”

That’s what the jar of Nutella says.  Sounds positively healthy.

Look again. Nutella has more sugar and palm oil than hazelnuts or anything else.   In fact, Nutella is 89 percent fat, sugar, and water. “We want to give you nothing but the best,” says Nutella’s website.

A serving — two tablespoons — is loaded down with 5 teaspoons of added sugar, about as much as many cake frostings. How about some frosting on your toast?

Nutella

It doesn’t have to be that way. Take a competitor, Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend.  Unlike Nutella, it contains more hazelnuts and almonds than anything else. And it adds only 2 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

gluten-free and almost whole-grain free, too

“Whole-grain pleasure,” promises the Glutino Gluten Free Multigrain Bread package. This bread “will be your escape from the normal,” the company’s website says.

That escape didn’t get very far. The bread’s main ingredients are water, modified tapioca starch, corn starch, and potato starch.

Where’s the whole grain? Oh, right. After the water and the starches, after vegetable oil and egg whites comes brown rice flour. That’s it. That’s the extent of the whole grain. Explains why each slice contains less than a gram of dietary fiber.

Amazing that such “whole-grain pleasure” can come from so little whole grain!

 

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