Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fake Blueberries

We keep hearing how blueberries are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and manganese and most people like them.
It seems you can find blueberries in everything, packaged foods, muffin mixes and trail mixes.

Even though it appears blueberries are in everything, have you actually read the labels on those products containing blueberries? 

Things aren't always as they are presented, and even though manufacturers say they are within the labeling laws, many of those blueberry products are made without real blueberries.

The Consumer Wellness Center has made a  Food Investigations video that takes a good look at the actual blueberry content of several well known packaged foods. You'll see how Kellogs, General Mills, Betty Crocker, and others advertise whole blueberries in their cereals and mixes, but in reality it's dextrose, corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar, citric acid, artificial flavor, and food colorings Blue #1 and Red #40.

Here's the video: