Health Food Scams
Health Food Scams To Avoid
By: Pura | January 05, 2018

There are plenty of fantastic new superfoods and health food products on the market today. But for every authentically nutritious product there seems to be 3 more on the shelves with misleading claims and promises.

Unfortunately, you can’t believe every claim or promising package you read so here are some health food scams to avoid the next time you’re at the grocery store.

 

Not So Extra Olive Oil

 

When stocking up on your olive oil, look for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It means the oil is pressed right from the olive less than 24 hours after it has been picked and most importantly, is not treated with any additives. You’ll also want to take a closer look at the bottle to ensure it’s produced in Italy or California. These regions are known for producing olive oil. And sadly, price does matter. If you’re getting a cheap bottle of olive oil, there’s a good chance it’s not 100% oils from olives but rather a mixture of it with canola or peanut oil.

 

Refined Coconut Oil

 

The difference between refined and unrefined (or pure/virgin) coconut oil has to do with the process with which the oil is extracted from the coconut. The oil from unrefined or virgin coconut oil, is extracted from the fresh meat of the coconut, either by either wet processing or dry processing.

Unrefined coconut oil tends to be a bit thicker or chunkier and have more of a coconut flavour to it. Refined coconut oil has been through more processing and often uses ingredients that have been deodorized and bleached.

Both types of coconut oil have healthy fats and are great for a variety of cooking and baking needs but if you’re looking for the purest option, grab the unrefined coconut oil.

 

 

Fake Blueberries

 

We were just ask shocked as you. We know need to be mindful of avoiding ‘fake blueberries’. Often used as ingredients in processed foods, some companies are labeling products as “blueberry” when really they’re just manufacturing something that only looks like blueberries—made up of sugars, starches, hydrogenated oils and food dyes.

Ew.

 

Trendy Claims

 

The best way to know what you’re buying and putting in your body is to read the labels. ‘Natural’, ‘Made from Real Fruit and Veggies’, and ‘Made with Whole Grains’ are all vague marketing terms that are used on everything from mac and cheese to fruit loops. Often times these claims are meaningless and even deceptive. In our experience, it’s best to ignore these types of claims all together and spend some time reading the ingredients and nutritional info on the side of the product.

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