Myth: Ingredients lists on food tell the whole story?
The myth: Ingredients lists on food products are designed to inform consumers about what’s contained in the product.
The reality: ingredients lists are used by food manufacturers to deceive consumers and trick them into thinking products are healthier (or better quality) than they really are.
This article explores the most common deceptions used by food manufacturers to trick consumers with food ingredients lists. It also contains useful tips for helping consumers read such labels with the proper skepticism.
One of the most common tricks is to distribute sugars among many ingredients so that sugars don’t appear in the top three.