Food companies want to fool you. Using label lingo and vague health claims, they often make their products appear healthier than they really are. These companies aren't technically lying – that would get them into trouble with the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labels. But thanks to several gaping FDA loopholes, they can get away with plastering all kinds of misleading info on labels. Here's what to watch out for.
"Made with real fruit"
If a label says "made with real fruit" or "contains fruit juice," that can mean it has a single blueberry or even a dash of juice concentrate. The FDA doesn't dictate how much real fruit must be used for companies to make these claims, so high-sugar products like fruit snacks, granola bars, cereals, and juice drinks often contain very little.
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