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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Watch out for False Nutrition Claims




As a consumer, I know that it can be hard to sort through nutrition information and to know what is correct and what is incorrect. Even as a dietitian, it can be difficult. For example, some people say that carbs are bad, some say that they are okay. Some people say that a high-fat diet is the way to go, some think that sticking to a moderate fat diet is best. Knowing what is correct can be very difficult and as someone interested in health, I always want to know the truth about what is right. 


There are many marketing claims out there that are completely incorrect. One particular one that I noticed lately is on a bag of "veggie" chips that I bought as a treat for my kids. On the front of the bag, it showed photos of broccoli, beets, carrots and tomatoes. It said things like 2 1/2 servings broccoli, 5 tomatoes, etc. When purchasing the chips, I quickly glanced at this and thought, oh good, a fun healthier chip for the kiddos. 


Upon reading the bag a little further at home, I realized that there was zero of these vegetables in the chips at all and that they only had the vitamin content of these vegetables in the chips- and the vitamins were completely added. I honestly think that that was the best marketing scam that I have ever fallen for! I thought that there was veggies in these chips but really, they were just dyed, vitamin fortified potato chips. I'm still thinking of it 2 weeks later!


As a consumer, it is important to be on top of nutrition information so that you know what is best for your health. Reading good sources of information as opposed to random social media posts by people who are not experts. 


Another false claim on a food product is one being made about Bang energy drink. One of the claims is that the drink contains an enhanced form of creatine which is incorrect. It does not contain creatine at all. Another claim is that Bang has a patent on "Super Creatine" which is what they are claiming is in the drink. This is incorrect as the United States Patent and Trademark office rejected or cancelled this claim. 


The CEO of Bang has said that Bang can "reverse mental retardation" and cure Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's Disease and forms of dementia which is of course not the truth and very sad and scary for those who have family members who are have any of these illnesses that may have at all believed this claim. Energy drinks do not cure any of these illnesses. The last claim is that the drink has meaningful amounts of CoQ10 and BCAA's and it is found that they only contain minimal amounts.


It is completely unbelievable that these claims could be made and that they would not immediately be in big trouble for making these false claims. There are 8 current lawsuits against these claims that are being made. 


Not all products are tested by the FDA yet, especially supplements, energy drinks, etc. and therefore, some of the claims being made can often be incorrect. Hopefully, Bang energy drink will be investigated by the FDA to make sure only correct nutrition claims are being made. Some of these ingredients have not been tested for their safety in humans as well. It is concerning that many people are drinking this beverage and believing these false claims about what is in the energy drink and what it can do for you.


To find out more about the claims and safety risks being made about Bang Energy Drink, check out www.TheTruthAboutBang.com.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

5 comments:

  1. I continue to appreciate your website. I found it randomly years ago when trying to find healthier recipes. I really enjoyed your article. It is tricky trying to eat healthy sometimes. I look to your website as a reliable source of factual information about nutrition. I also appreciate you sharing this while growing a family and being a working mom. Thanks again.

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  2. What you have said is so true about all the misrepresentation. Everything is this added or that added and healthy here or there and when you get home most of it is just junk with no added benefit.

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    1. Yes, so sad! It's so important to be able to understand nutrition labels and not get caught up in marketing scams.

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