Top 8 Misleading Food Labelings You Should Beware Of



When grocery shopping, are you aware of what you are actually buying? Are you sure they are safe for you and your family? You go to the grocery and see a variety of food items labeled as “healthy” or “made with natural goodness.” Little do you know, this is just a clever marketing strategy of food manufacturers. Here’s a list of misleading food labelings you should be aware of the next time you go grocery shopping.

1. Sugar-free

With the increasing number of people with diabetes and other related medical condition, consumers nowadays are conscious of what they buy and eat. On the other hand, a lot of people are already aware that sugar is one of the causes of various illnesses. This is one of the reasons most food items on the market are labeled as “sugar-free.” Little do they know sugar-free products may also contain artificial sweeteners. Moreover, items such as cereals, fruits, milk and vegetables are packed with sugar. They may not have additional sugar, but they naturally contain sugar.

2. Gluten-free

Today, more and more people are into gluten-free diet, specifically those who are suffering from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Bloating, stomach upset and abdominal pain are just a few of the common symptoms of this medical condition. In order to cater to the consumers who are conscious of what they eat, food manufacturers market their products and label them “gluten-free.” As a matter of fact, gluten-free food items are becoming easier to find and cheaper too. They are good for those with gluten intolerance. However for those who do not have metabolic problems, gluten-free food products do not help you shed extra pounds. They are not necessarily beneficial for you.

3. Made With Real Fruit

Moms always love to purchase food items labeled “made with real fruit” for their kids. As usual, kids love fruits and when you see an item in the grocery which says it is made with real fruit, you might be convinced to purchase it. The packaging shows images of fresh fruits such as pineapple and oranges. But the truth is, most of the time, these products may not contain very much fruit at all. Or, they don’t even have any trace of fruit in the product itself.