Top 10 Misleading Food Label Claims | Nutrition Labels BUSTED!!!

Top 10 Misleading Food Label Claims | Nutrition Labels BUSTED!!!

– What’s up everybody, Dr. Mike here. I’m incredibly excited to
announce that this week’s video is officially all natural. Check this out! Impressive right, and
you know what that means? No you don’t. I don’t either. Doesn’t mean anything. This week I’m gonna be talking
about misleading food labels and my top ten tips on how to
be a more educated consumer. Number 10. Don’t buy into the meaningless phrases. All natural foods can
still contain chemicals. Even the FDA website doesn’t
have a formal definition of all natural, plus, even if something is fully all natural, it still
doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Your energy drink can contain
more caffeine than you think, and that’s courtesy of the guarana bean, which contains two to
three times more caffeine than the coffee bean, and
energy drink companies don’t have to add that to the
caffeine content on the can because it’s part of
their propriety blend. You see low fat on nutrition label, and you automatically
assume it must be healthy. First of all, you shouldn’t
be so scared of dietary fat, and second of all, most of these companies just jack up the sugar content to make up for the lost taste. Not so healthy right? Your bacon says no added nitrates, it must be preservative free. Not so fast. If it contains something
like celery root powder, that’s just another
form of added nitrates, that’s how they get you. Your food tastes really sweet, but the label says zero grams
of sugar, how’s that possible? Well it’s likely that you’re ingesting artificial sweeteners like aspartame, and while we don’t have absolute evidence that it’s bad for your
health, what we do know now, is it does change your brain chemistry and make you crave more unhealthy
foods throughout the day. You’re half way there
to the number one point that will make you an educated consumer. Zero grams of sugar added. It’s a great thing, but you still need to
check the nutrition facts for the naturally occurring sugar. For example, if you have
a cup of orange juice in the morning made up of four oranges, that’s 36 grams of sugar, same as a Coke, but guess what, the label will still say
zero grams of added sugar. Don’t fall for these
unsubstantiated health claims you often find on food packaging.; it boosts your immunity, it
helps your skin stay radiant. Most of these health claims
are often vague or exaggerated. In fact, the Journal of
Nutrition Education and Behavior, found that these claims
appeared mostly on foods high in saturated fats, sugars, or sodium. Just stick to the nutrition
facts and the ingredient list. Also, be skeptical when
the packaging touts a single ingredient. Usually that’s just a slight-of-hand move to distract you from the
other unhealthy ingredients found elsewhere. Whole wheat cereals, whole
wheat bars, whole wheat bread, you think you’re getting a
true whole wheat product? Not so fast. You have to look at the first ingredient in the ingredient section,
which is the most abundant one, and it has to have the
word whole, in order for it to be made predominantly of whole wheat. Number dos, va. Light, that sounds like a great quality for your food to have. Light, means low in fat,
low in calories, right? Not necessarily. If a food tastes light,
if it’s light in color, it can still carry the light label. So don’t get too excited
when you see light in the title of your food. The number one tip,
yes the number one tip, to make you an educated food consumer, look at the serving size. I’ve made this mistake so many times. I’ve gotten a container
of soup, and I said oh, it has slightly more
sodium than I thought, and then I ate it, and then I realized, the serving size was a
quarter of the container, so that means I had four times the amount of sodium I initially had. Now look, you get an ice cream container, and it says, 120 calories per half a cup, how many half a cup’s are
in your bowl of ice cream. The FDA’s even catching on to this one. If the entire container’s likely
to be eaten in one sitting, the companies will be obligated to put the entire container
as a serving size. So there you have it. You are now an educated food consumer. Please don’t stress
about your food choices, because stress is a true killer. Be smart, educate yourself,
know what you put in your body, and stay healthy, thanks for watching. Seven, your bacon’s (laughs). Well guess what, why do I
keep saying well guess what? Number nine, why am I doing six (laughs). (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Misleading Food Label Claims | Nutrition Labels BUSTED!!!

  • 0:50 That some weird US eccentricity?! Should not the consumer be informed? I mean it is almost like hiding stuff in drugs so the competitors cannot easily make generics:)

  • Well, I try to avoid food that contains markers of highly processed junk – glucose syrup (or high fructose corn syrup), palm oil, and Monosodium glutamate
    (MSG). Those ingredients are not that dangerous (in reasonably doses), but one of them is almost in everything and it just tells you that the manufacturer is going out of their way to sell you the cheapest junk for the highest possible price. Do not get me wrong, plenty of organic all natural products can still be very much the junk food, but there is no reason I should spend money on the worst of the worst stuff.
    The serving size is fun thing though, recently noticed that 180g pack of cookies had a serving size 1 cookie (6g). What a joke:)

  • Why would I look at nutrition information per serving size? Per 100g gives me way more information. How else are you supposed to compare products a and b?

  • I understand your point but we can’t make nutrient content claims on food labels if there are disqualifying factors like saturated fat

  • Why don't we stop eating food with the risks of poisoning yourself or loaded our bodies with things that the seller don't want us to know and switch to drink artificial nutrition mixed with water at the recommended amount

  • Im skeptical when a man in scrubs with a stethoscope around his neck with no apparent use.
    Oh, and he's yelling. Angry stethoscope man.

    Just kidding, he's right (or is he?)

  • How bad is high fructose corn syrup compared to sugar? I always heard it was like sugar but i also heard some people say your body might not recognize it the same i apologize if this video covers this question

  • In Iceland it's nearly mandatory to put a serving size nutrition value of both expected serving size and the whole product contained.

  • Halo Top was a kind of bad example when talking about serving size, since the calorie count on the label is for the entire container.

  • I know that i'm like 1 1/2 years late to this but, 0:23 "All natural foods can still contain chemicals" So "all natural foods" contain things like water. carbohydrates, proteins, salt, fats, etc.

    Please stop using the term "contains chemicals", when anything and everything that physically exists in the known universe "contains chemicals". #triggered

  • Aren't the US required to specify energy per [[insert your weird unit here]]. In most of Europe food is required to have nutrition per 100 grams (or 100 ml) – multiplying to get the serving size nutrition is pretty straight forward from there.

  • I feel like one of the reasons obesity is an issue is because of this…you’re better of indulging in a regular soda once in awhile than a diet soda. I also feel like the rise in colon cancers has a lot to do with all the processed foods we eat. Stick to the outer perimeter of your grocery store, with a couple of items from the aisles, like breads and cereals. It’s a lot more work to chop and cook and prep, but it’s worth it.

  • Don’t forget, 2% milk means it still has 98% of the amount of fat in whole milk. It should say 2% less fat than whole milk!🤦‍♀️

  • Even without changing the rules about what's a serving size, that should be a good hint. If they've made it small, you should probably stick to that amount or less lol only something healthy would be able to get away with a huge serving without throwing up big numbers on the label

  • Hello Doctor Mike, can you do a video about cognitive enhancing nootropics. If they actually are effective and the side effects. I've only read good thing about them but I want a professional opinion. If this isn't something you do I understand and thank you for your time.

  • All natural: cyanide, asbestos, uranium, opium and alcohol.
    Unnatural: almost all crops we produce and animals we eat. For clarity sake most crops were alot less productive, nutritious and numerous besides being more toxic before we humans started breeding them.

  • Definitely check the serving sizes. One time I bought Mac and cheese that said it only had 15 grams of fat and I thought 'okay definitely not bad for a big thing of Mac and cheese' then I got home, looked at the back again and saw that it was only for a 5th of the container

  • Serving size…5 chips…multiple personalities were having a snack. "Yay," "yes," "okay," "sounds good," "I don't know if I even like these chips."

  • When people don't explain or consider the difference between simple sugars and complex sugars for things like fruit juice… 😒😒😒 36 grams of fructose and 36 grams of sucrose aren't equal.

  • Wow that 'you are half way there' got me at the perfect time when I started to lose interest, bringing me back into the zone

  • Wow… I have to check that Coke vs orange juice stat, as it would be interesting to note.

    Also, don't replace water with diet coke then blame aspartame for your health issues… 4L of diet pop, sugar free gum, etc… That's 3.3 pounds of sweetener right there…

  • America: We have high obesity rates! We need to exercise more and eat properly’!


  • These "Buzzwords" on food piss me off and my friends that think they're eating better than me since htr up the wall.

  • The NO 1 point is the most imp point (serving size). Btw why Dr .Mike is jumping in the video. Out of excitement??!!

  • Or to put it in other words: if you're not a nerd reading all the nutrition labels, your pretty fucked up in the US if it comes to healthy food choices…

  • Dr. Mike, I appreciate you making a video to educate the public about nutrition. But I implore you to include a registered dietitian in your videos regarding nutrition and health. We are the only health professionals who are required to have a 1200+ hour dietetic internship and sit for a registration exam based on clinical and community nutrition and food service. Furthermore, we'd love to share a platform with a distinguished medical provider, such as yourself, and show the public a good example of interdisciplinary teams within the medical community. Hope to hear back from you! Thanks

  • One of my favorites was a jar of pickles where 3/4 of a pickle was a serving size. I currently have a jar that says 0 calories in a serving of little pickles. At what point have I eaten a calorie if I eat more than a serving? They are cucumbers. They're not calorie-free.

  • That serving size shit gets me everytime they say this product only has 6 gms of fat and I am like yayyyy and then i read the serving size which is like 30gms

  • Kind of a bummer with the missed opportunity and misleading point. Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners have received the "it makes you crave more" label since before half of them were created. Sweetening any food causes people to crave it more, and some people crave more when they don't feel a sugar boost. Artificial sweeteners probably shouldn't be consumed by people in general, as it causes over eating in most people if you do not use them exclusively in favor of sugars. And yes, even in those who DO use them exclusively, if you are not careful. Biggest lie? SUGAR FREE. Sugar Alcohol is a simple carb used as a sweetener in foods that want to claim "no sugar added" or "sugar free." Thanks to some shifty FDA backroom deals, it was decided that it didn't count as a sugar, because it does not cause tooth decay. I'm sure all of the people who end up in diabetic comas find this distinction meaningful :p

  • Regarding number one: in Europe, companies resort to this trick, too; BUT the label (I assume the laws force them to) will always also carry the nutritional facts for 100 grams.

  • Here in Brazil we have drinks made almost entirely of the "guaraná" bean that people (including small children) drink at every meal. And they're cheap. Like, cheaper than Coke and sometimes cheaper than water.

  • You forgot to mention how sea salt is not actually better for you, it has the same basic nutritional value. But because it's crystallized into rocks they put less into the container, I think the common misconception is caused by this somehow, but you're ultimately paying more for less.

  • I am seriously looking forward to when the "Full container" nutritional labels are everywhere that makes sense for them. Really loving the ones that are already doing it. Seriously, most people don't eat just half of a tiny soup container.

  • If eating healthy, being active and having advanced medical care is supposed to improve our quality of life, then why is there an increase in Suicide rate in USA and Europe?

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