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The power and influence of marketing in setting trends and influencing consumer buying habits is reflected in the eight food items we’ve chosen to illustrate how consumers are duped. Because ultimately, many of the things you buy that you believe to be good are sometimes really bad.

8) Fish Oil Supplements May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

Since unhealthy diets containing processed foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are needed to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids are found mainly in fish, but can also be found in wheat germ, free-range beef and poultry, kidney beans, navy beans, tofu, winter and summer squash, raspberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, romaine lettuce, and collard greens.

But instead of obtaining omega-3 fatty acids from natural sources, which is always the best option, many people take omega-3 fish oil supplements.

Now experts are suggesting omega-3 fatty acids may raise the risk of prostate cancer by more than 70 per cent. Researchers warned against omega-3 pills, and recommended eating just one or two meals of oily fish per week.

7) Greek Yogurt

Acid whey, a by-product of Greek yogurt, is causing a world-wide toxic waste problem, according to scientists who are struggling with the problem. For every four ounces of milk used in the production of Greek yogurt, three ounces transforms into acid whey, a highly acidic, thin and runny liquid.

Mail Online notes that according to a report published on Modern Farmer, acid whey can’t be poured back into the ground because it’s illegal. If poured into a waterway, or sewer, acid whey has the potential to deplete water oxygen levels, which can kill thousands of fish.

In 2011, the Greek yogurt industry in New York alone produced 66 millions gallons of acid whey. Yogurt manufacturers are so desperate to get rid of it they pay farmers to take it off their hands.

The farmers then mix acid whey into feed or fertilizer and more than 70 percent ends up as a supplement for livestock feed.

Dean Sommer, a food technologist, said: “It’s kind of like oil refining: from crude oil you get gas and diesel and other products. This is the same concept. You figure out what’s in there and how to grab it and get value out of it.”

6) Sports Drinks

Gatorade contains sugar, salt, and artificial food coloring. Plus, a new study in the journal General Dentistry suggests that sports and energy drinks are responsible for serious tooth enamel damage and decay.

5) Energy Bars

The copious amounts of sugar in energy bars is disguised by using high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, and cane juice. PowerBar ProteinPlus Chocolate Brownie bar offers up 30 grams of sugar from at least three different sugar sources.

4) Bottled Green Tea

Green tea has plenty of healthy benefits, but not those sweetened mass-produced bottles of green tea, which as ABC News points out, only contain a minuscule amount of the powerful catechins — the major component of green tea extract. SoBe Energize Green Tea, for example, offers up more than 50 grams of sugar in one 20-ounce bottle.

3) “All-Natural” Breakfast Cereals

The ingredients in Kashi, Kellogg’s “natural” brand aren’t completely natural as their marketing implies. In fact, scientists from the Cornucopia Institute recently detected GMO material in 100 percent of the soy in Kashi GoLean.

2) Agave Syrup

According to Dr Mercola, Agave Syrup is no better than high fructose corn syrup. “Most agave nectar or agave syrup is nothing more than a laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup, devoid of virtually all nutrient value, and offering you metabolic misfortune in its place”.

Dr Mercola adds: “Though processing methods can differ among manufacturers, most commercially available agave is converted into fructose-rich syrup using genetically modified enzymes and a chemically intensive process involving caustic acids, clarifiers, and filtration chemicals.”

1) Nutella

ABC examined Nutella and found that “Nutella is about as healthy as a Milky Way or cake frosting. According to ABC News, one woman was so appalled when she realized that two tablespoons of Nutella contained 200 calories, 21 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of fat, that she took the company to court and won.

In fact, if you bought a jar of Nutella between January 2008 and Feb 3, 2012, you’re entitled to a refund.

A class-action lawsuit in California objected to advertisements that portray Nutella as healthy. Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, eventually settled the lawsuit, and agreed to pay out about $2.5 million.

But Nutella also contains palm oil which contributes to deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra, the only two places on Earth where orangutans live. Trees are cut down for Palm Oil Plantations, but these trees are the Orangutan’s home.

Dangers of Nutella, courtesy of

SUGAR – There are 21 grams of sugar in 2 TBS of Nutella. That’s as much as a Kit Kat! That’s as much as 12 pieces of Tootsie Rolls! And on top of that, it’s not even real sugar. It’s genetically-modified beet sugar also known as “really cheap so corporations can make a big profit, also full of pesticides and DNA-altered so your body doesn’t recognize it” SUGAR.

This kind of sugar is a NEUROTOXIN that has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. They cause cell death in the brain and exacerbate a myraid of issues namely ADD, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, depression, anxiety, migraines, etc.

SOY LETHICIN – Soy is known to cause thyroid depression, weight gain, malaise, constipation, delayed menstruation, and ultimately, breast cancer. Soy stimulates existing cancer growth, accelerates the onset of puberty, lowers your testosterone, and decreases fertility. Also, the soy grown here is almost always GMO soy.

PALM OIL – Palm oil in fact is a very healthy saturated fat, and a great addition to one’s diet. BUT, with the demand of palm oil has come the downside of how it is being obtained. Deforestation and orangutan extinction is why you must make sure that the palm oil you purchase comes from sustainable sources.

VANILLIN – “No artificial colors or preservatives” the commercial states. But Vanillin is an artificial flavoring meant to “trick” your brain into thinking you’re tasting real vanilla. But you’re not. Your brain is confused. Vanillin is EXTREMELY addicting and bonds with receptors in your brain, causing a release of serotonin, or the “feel good” hormones.

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Spence Cooper
Inquisitive foodie with a professional investigative background and strong belief in the organic farm to table movement. Author of Bad Seeds: A FriendsEAT Guide to GMO's. Buy Now!
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