By Summer Banks FNS, SPT on May 12, 2022

There is no sense of decency in the way the food industry markets products.

The only thought on their minds is profit, and they are more than willing to sacrifice even the health of children to achieve the highest profit.

The following lists 9 of the biggest lies the food industry tells consumers.


Calories in a Serving

The food industry hides the real calorie and sugar content its products contain by telling consumers the product has more than one serving.

For instance, it might state a chocolate bar or soda bottle contains two servings.

The majority of people don’t stop when they finish half a drink or candy bar; they finish the entire thing.

The food industry use this to their advantage and state there are only a certain number of calories in each serving.

Consumers need to be careful when reading labels and check the number of servings in the products. This means if the product is two servings, and each one is 200 calories, the entire product contains 400 calories.

For instance, if you have a 24 oz bottle of soda that says it contains 100 calories and 27 grams of sugar for every serving, that means the entire bottle contains 300 calories and 81 grams of sugar.

The majority of people would have no problem drinking an entire 24-ounce bottle of soda in one sitting.

Bottom Line: Be sure you check the number of servings on the label. You also want to multiply the sugar and calorie content by the number of servings to determine the total amount in the container.

When keeping track of food intake, an app like Noom with an extensive food database managed by nutritionists is the best way to ensure your serving sizes are where they need to be.

Trans Fat

Trans Fat 

Quite often the labels on processed foods state they are free of trans fat.

This may not necessarily be correct.

The problem is the product only needs to contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fat in each serving to be labeled as free of trans fat.

Always check the list of ingredients—if you see partially hydrogenated oil anywhere on the label, the product contains trans fats, MayoClinic reports.

It is quite common to find partially hydrogenated oils in products that say they are free of trans fats.

Even if a processed food is free of trans fats, it may contain other potentially harmful ingredients such as vegetable oils and soybean oil.

Bottom Line: Avoid foods that have partially hydrogenated oil or other types of high-Omega-6 vegetable oil in the list of ingredients.

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Names of Ingredients 

Many people experience adverse reactions to some of the ingredients in certain foods and choose to avoid them.

According to SaveOurBones, the problem is the food manufacturers often take steps to hide those controversial ingredients by referring to them by technical names that most people do not recognize.

For instance, European labels may call MSG (monosodium glutamate) E621 while Carrageenan may be referred to as E407.

The same may be true of many types of sugar. For example, “evaporated cane juice” is nothing but sugar.

Bottom Line: The food industry has a tendency to hide controversial ingredients by calling them by another name.

Processed food

Processed Foods 

The flavor in many processed foods sounds natural.

One example is Orange-flavored vitamin water that tastes like oranges.

Except for one thing: it doesn’t contain any actual oranges.

The sweet taste comes from a combination of sugar while the orange flavor is the result of highly refined chemicals that fool the taste sensors in the mouth into thinking it is oranges.

Keep in mind just because a product tastes like real food doesn’t mean there is any in there. Blueberry, orange, strawberry, and others are quite often just chemicals that have been refined to taste like the natural product.

Bottom Line: Even though a product has the taste of natural food doesn’t mean the product contains any of the natural product. “Eating Processed Food Makes it Harder to Burn Calories. Studies have shown that when you eat a diet high in processed foods, your body will find it harder to burn fewer calories. This is because the calories gotten from processed foods are not easy to burn due to all the chemical additives, extra refined sugar, and salt that they contain.” states Going2Natural.

Whole foods are amazing for overall health and wellness. Switch out those processed foods for more natural varieties, track with an app like Noom, and see just how nutritious real foods can be.

Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Eating a diet free of gluten is quite popular today.

According to HarvardHealth, one report, nearly a third of all Americans are either consuming foods free of gluten or are attempting to restrict their intake of gluten.

Products that are labeled as being “gluten-free” in order to replace foods that are gluten conning are not healthy.

In most cases, these foods are made from high glycemic starches that are highly refined such as tapioca starch, corn starch, and potato starch. They may also be packed full of sugar, claims.

The concept behind eating gluten-free should involve getting rid of the bread and other unhealthy foods and replacing them with real foods.

Bottom Line: Products labeled as “gluten-free” often contain a variety of unhealthy ingredients. Avoid those products and eat real food instead. “Many gluten-free products are not healthy because they frequently include sugar, tapioca starch, gums (stabilizers like guar gum, carrageenan gum, etc.) all of which affect enzyme production and cause digestive issues including bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea.” states Monica Hershaft, a Holistic Health, Food & Lifestyle Coach and Author.

Low-Fat or Fat-Free 

The “war” on fat resulted in an enormous amount of processed foods being marketed as low-fat or no-fat.

You will find labels on these products that say “low-fat,” “reduced fat,” or “fat-free.”

These products with the fat removed or reduced are unhealthy.

Foods without fat lack flavor and are not appealing to the taste buds.

To compensate for the lack of taste, these foods usually include an abundance of sugar, artificial sweeteners, or other unhealthy ingredients.

Added sugars are much worse than fat. But, too much saturated fat can still contribute to health risks if eaten in excess.

Bottom Line: Any product that includes the words “low-fat” or any similar terminology on the label is more than likely unhealthy.

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Sugar Content

Most people don’t bother reading the list of ingredients before they make a purchase.

Even those who do read the labels can be fooled by the ways food manufacturers disguise the true ingredients in the foods.

Ingredients are listed according to its placement in the product. In other words, the first one listed is the one that is used the most, the second ingredient listed is the second in frequency and so on. If sugar appears early in the list, the product is loaded with sugar.

According to SFGate, the problem is food manufacturers use a variety of names for sugar in the products. Some may contain “sugar,” “high fructose corn syrup,” and “evaporated cane juice.” All of these are just different names for ordinary sugar.

This allows them to include some healthier-sounding ingredient as the first one on the list. However, if you were to add all the amounts for the different types of sugar, you would find sugar would be right at the top.

This is a ploy food manufacturers use to hide the actual amount of refined sugar it uses in processed foods.

Bottom Line: Read the label and make sure to verify whether a product contains more than one type of sugar. If that is the case, the sugar may be one of the top ingredients. “The goal is a simple snack, made from ingredients you can pronounce, with no artificial sweeteners, that supports your overall health, and is relatively mild in flavor. If you recognize all the ingredients, you are on the right track!” states Amy Upchurch, Founder of Pink Stork.

How much sugar is in the “healthy” foods you’ve been eating? Take a minute to track those foods in a weight-loss app like Noom to see exactly what you’re eating.

Low-Carb Foods

Low Carb Foods

The food industry tell you the benefits of a low carb diet.

Food manufacturers have gotten wind of the trend and begun offering a variety of low-carb food products.

The problem with these types of foods just like the low-fat food is not all of them are healthy.

These junk foods are usually processed and contain unhealthy ingredients.

Bottom Line: Low-carb products are not always healthy and are often highly processed.

Whole Grains 

The food industry tells you that whole grains are one of the healthiest foods.

Even though whole grains are healthier than refined grains, there is no evidence to support the premise that eating whole grains is better than not eating any grains at all, HarvardHealth states.

Processed food products such as cereals often state they contain whole grains.

What the food industry doesn’t tell you is that the grains in the products are not always whole but have been crushed into a very fine flour.

While a product may contain small amounts of whole grains, it probably also contains many other harmful ingredients such as sugar and its liquid counterpart, high fructose corn syrup.

What Users Are Saying

What Users Are Saying

“I removed wheat in my diet due to necessity, found out I was gluten intolerant over eight years ago, but discovered many other benefits. Those happen to be: weight loss, reduced inflammation and joint pain, clearer skin, no more brain fog, no more snacking due to reduced appetite from wheat elimination, and more energy overall. I have generally stayed with a modified paleo diet overall with vegetables, fruits, lean meats, some starches, and occasionally some “gluten-free” foods- however those are more carbohydrate dense so I tend to keep those items limited. I strongly recommend wheat elimination to many people, you have to really pay attention to labels on all products, as they can be included in unusual products.”

“Kind of off topic: something that always bugged me was the nutrition label on a type of bread my father always bought. It would say something like 100 cal/slice (40g). But after weighing my food for so long, I have a good idea of what 40g “feels like” in my hand. So I weighed the slice. And then I weighed the smallest and largest slices (this is a “half loaf” of bread, with no end pieces. All the slices are pretty close in size). The smallest slice weighed over 55g, more than 30% more than the “slice” on the label. The largest slice was almost 80g.”

“I take what is on the label as the absolute truth. I feel that if it hasn’t devastated my diet by now, it won’t devastate my diet going forward.”

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Summary of the Food Industry

The food industry tell consumers a lot of things, but eat real food that rarely require a food label.


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About the Author:

Summer Banks has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University.