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Have you ever bought something at the grocery shop and only found out later when you’re reading through the ingredient list that you were completely mislead about the product? Well, there are several kinds of foods and ingredients out there that are branded a certain way to trick the uninformed shopper into thinking that they are the real thing, and we here at the Runlist compiled a list of 6 grocery items that are not what they say they are.
Number 1: Blue-berry Flavored Anything
So if you’ve ever seen pancake or muffin mixes that advertise as “blueberry flavored” you can see in the ingredient list that this blueberry flavor comes from “imitation blueberries”. If you read closer, you’ll realize that these “imitation blueberries ” are really nothing more than fat, sugar, color and a little artificial flavoring.
Number 2: Chocolate
So what makes chocolate chocolate? Well according to the US Food and Drug Administration chocolate has to contain cocoa. And since cocoa can be pretty expensive, food producers have found a way to make chocolate taste-a-likes without using the cocoa solid known as cocoa butter. So instead they use a combination of vegetable oils that still give that melt-in-your-mouth feel but are usually made from vegetable oils or hydrogenated palm kernel oil.
Number 3: Lite or Low Fat Ice Cream
So here in the US we are particularly fat conscious but what we usually substitute fat for is sugar and thickeners. Is this healthier? Not really, but for many people it makes them feel better when they buy the low-fat version of ice cream instead of, well, the creamier ice cream. Real ice cream has to have at least 10% milk fat according to the USFDA and most good ice creams have about 12-16% milk fat. Whole milk is about 3.5% milk fat which is about the lowest fat content in soft serve and gelato. But varieties of “lite” and “no fat” ice creams have less fat than even 2% milk. So, to create that oh-so-creamy texture, manufacturers have put in more ingredients like air, guar gum, carrageen, tara gum,as well as synthetic ingredients like mono- and diglycerides. This makes the ice cream thicker, but are mostly starchy thickeners that the body easily turns into sugar.
Number 4: SoBe Green Tea
So if you look at the ingredient list of Sobe Green Tea you will see 11 ingredients, none of which are actually plain tea. The closest thing to tea is tea extract, which is actually used as a health supplement and is a derivative of tea.
Number 5: Maple-flavored Syrup
If you’ve ever been price comparing maple syrups at the grocery store you have probably noticed a huge difference between real maple syrup and maple-flavored syrup. That is because maple syrup is made from a time and labor intensive process of refining syrup from maple tree sap. Fake maple syrup on the other hand usually has a lot of high fructose corn syrup, colorings and artificial flavors. So it’s really just syrup that’s maple flavored.
Number 6: Artificial Vanilla Extract
Real vanilla extract is made from vanilla orchid seeds and like maple syrup requires takes time and effort to make. Fake vanilla extract on the other hand is usually made from artificial vanillin, which is made from lignin, a constituent of wood. So the reason fake vanilla is so cheap is because it uses synthetic ingredients and by-products from paper factories.
Here’s our list of misleading foods, what are some others that you have encountered? Also, let us know in the comment section below what other lists you would like us to do and don’t forget to like, subscribe and share this video with your friends.