Every time you go shopping, someone is trying to separate you from your money. That’s right, whether online or at the grocery store, companies will do anything to get you to buy their product even if it means lying. Whether adding false claims, incorrect nutritional information, or appealing to your patriotic side to buy domestic, it’s a no-holds-barred when it comes to accompany trying to sell you something. So put down that healthy pop drop, that fat-free creamer, because this is an article that reveals you a lot of companies don’t want you to see.
Oxidation is a natural reaction of the body which can lead to damage cells. In order to counteract this scientists tell us to eat antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Companies everywhere jumped on this right away resulting in many products that promise powerful antioxidants even if they really aren’t any present. The best example of this is when cherry up claimed it had antioxidants. Sure cherries are loaded with them but considering the cherry flavoring in the sugary drink is largely artificial. It’s a giant advertising gimmick.
Too much fat is bad for you but trans fats are especially bad. Over the last several years, there has been a big push to get rid of this artery-clogging ingredients from everything. Looking to cash in on the hype, product makers are sure to advertise their goods as trans fat free. But don’t buy it. A loophole in government regulation means that a survey of something has 0.5 grams or less of trans-fat, it can be advertised as being trans fat-free. Worse yet, it can actually say right on the nutritional label that it is 0 grams. Thanks to the wonderful ability of rounding down the number.
Like the fight against trans fats, many consumers are conscious of their cholesterol. Companies are aware of this and love to slap a cholesterol-free label on anything and everything. Just remember, cholesterol only comes from animal based products like meat, milk and eggs. Vegetable and fruit based products naturally contain no cholesterol. There’s a catch here, however. After all, while that giant bag of chips maybe cholesterol-free, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you because it still has lots of facts and salt.
Made With Real Sugar
You’ve probably been there, you know, staring at a product that advertise that it’s made with real or natural sugar. Such labels are added to bringing customers who want to cut the high-fructose corn syrup out of their diet. Such labels are meant to make you think the product is healthier for you. But think again, doctors anywhere will tell you that ultimately sugar is sugar and too much of the stuff can lead to all sorts of problems no matter what a package promises.
People see the organic label and they instantly think they are eating is healthier and more nutritious than regular food. That is not always the case. In fact, to be labeled as organic, a product only needs to have seventy percent organic ingredients and thirty percent could be synthetic or bathed and fertilizers and you wouldn’t even know it. Even to get the USDA Organic seal of approval of products can still have five percent of its ingredients that are non-organic. Only one hundred percent organic means one hundred percent organic.
Restaurants and other companies love to advertise their products as being made with whole grain. After all, it makes you feel good that you’re eating such a healthy thing but those claims are misleading. While they claim they use whole-grain just how much they use is left out. Look at the ingredient labels and in most cases, the primary ingredients are bleached or enriched with a tiny dash of whole grain so they can make the claim. The only way to be sure is to look for either the whole grain stamp of approval or check the ingredients for whole wheat or one hundred percent full-grain.
Made In The USA
Politicians fight foreign companies love to advertise they sell products made by Americans for Americans. Such products are often covered by labels of U.S flags or print that says made in the USA. However, in many instances, these labels are deceiving and looking to cash in on your patriotism. Flip the package over and look on the back and you’ll see another label telling you the product was made somewhere else. How can this be? Well even if the product is foreign, if it’s assembled or put into a package in the US before sale, then technically it can be advertised as being American-made.
You have no doubt seen this one plastered all over everything at the store. Companies love to advertise their products is all-natural or made with natural ingredients. Sure some companies are telling the truth but for the most part, this is just a gimmick to make you buy a product thinking it’s something it’s not. What do we mean? Take natural peanut butter as an example, all peanut butter can claim this because peanuts are natural, they can even claim this after adding all sorts of oils and sweeteners because natural is an unregulated term.
This one is good right? After all, anything with less fat must be better for you. In this instance, however, it’s a case of fire beware the label maybe truthful and the company did manage to good portion of fat out. However, what they aren’t telling you is that in order to make the product not tastes like stale cardboard, they’ve had to add a bunch of sweeteners or salt to compensate. Ultimately, many less fat products have simply replaced one unhealthy ingredients for another.
New and Improved
This label is a classic and it should make you laugh when you see it because of the lie. How so? Ask yourself this. If something is new, how can it possibly be improved at the same time? After all, a new product is just that it’s a brand spanking new product and nothing like it has ever existed before. On the other hand and improved product complies spin around for a while but has seen some changes to make it better than before. In fact, this is merely a branding gimmick that is proven to grab our attention with two simple, yet powerful words which make us more willing to part with our money.