Are you ready for April Fools’ Day? Start by making sure you don’t get fooled by any of these foods—or plenty of other products that play the same game.
Honest Tea Pomegranate Blue Flavored Herbal Tea
“Just a tad sweet,” says the label. A tad? The bottle has about 100 calories’ worth of sugar—a day’s limit for women, according to the American Heart Association. At least it comes largely from the fruit pictured on the bottle, right? Nope. It’s mostly added sugar. The juice concentrates are just there “for flavor.” How much juice is in the bottle? Honest Tea won’t say.
Special K Protein Chocolatey Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars
“4g protein,” says the box. A food can only boast about its protein if a serving has at least 5 grams. No worries, Kellogg’s lawyers must have said. Just bury this tiny print on the side of the box: “Good source of protein, 10% Daily Value or more per 40g (1½ bars).” Translation: You need to eat 1½ bars to get that good source of protein.
Dove Strawberry & Cocoa Almond
“Made with real fruit,” boasts the bag. There’s fruit, all right. It’s just not strawberries. It’s “strawberry flavored cranberries.” How real is that?
And don’t be fooled by the “calories 210” on the front. The entire package—about the size of a sandwich-size baggie—has 780 calories. Even if you happen to notice the tiny print that says “3.5 servings per pack,” you’d have to count out, let’s see, about 3/10 of the bag’s contents to get just 210 calories. No problem!
Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Portobello Mushroom & Madeira Bisque
“240 calories per 1 cup,” says the container. Yes, but that container, which sure looks like a single serving, holds nearly two cups. Maybe “about 400 calories per package” didn’t sound so appealing.
Chobani Apple Veg Drink
See those photos of spinach leaves, cucumber slices, and apple on the bottle? Even though the first ingredient is yogurt, it seems like a great way to get your veggies. But the drink has more sugar than apple or cucumber purée and more natural flavors than spinach juice. Guess those spinach leaves were just a garnish.
Luna Berry Greek Yogurt High Protein Bar
Each 170-calorie bar does have 12 grams of protein, as the package claims. But it’s largely from soy protein isolate, not the greek yogurt featured on the box. There’s more cane syrup (read: sugar) and natural flavors than “nonfat yogurt powder” and “greek yogurt flavored powder.”
The Luna is nothing more than a Sugar Soy Protein Bar dressed up to look like real food.
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