How food manufacturers trick consumers with deceptive ingredients lists

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.

Some of the most common tricks :

  • distribute sugars among many ingredients
  • pad the list with miniscule amounts of great-sounding ingredients
  • hiding dangerous ingredients
  • manipulating serving sizes

Click Here to Learn more about Tricks of the Food Trade and Tips for reading Food Labels

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