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Top 10 Misleading Food Label Claims | Nutrition Labels BUSTED!!!

– What’s up everybody, Dr. Mike here. I’m incredibly excited to
announce that this week’s video is officially all natural. Check this out! Impressive right, and
you know what that means? No you don’t. I don’t either. Doesn’t mean anything. This week I’m gonna be talking
about misleading food labels and my top ten tips on how to
be a more educated consumer. Number 10. Don’t buy into the meaningless phrases. All natural foods can
still contain chemicals. Even the FDA website doesn’t
have a formal definition of all natural, plus, even if something is fully all natural, it still
doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Your energy drink can contain
more caffeine than you think, and that’s courtesy of the guarana bean, which contains two to
three times more caffeine than the coffee bean, and
energy drink companies don’t have to add that to the
caffeine content on the can because it’s part of
their propriety blend. You see low fat on nutrition label, and you automatically
assume it must be healthy. First of all, you shouldn’t
be so scared of dietary fat, and second of all, most of these companies just jack up the sugar content to make up for the lost taste. Not so healthy right? Your bacon says no added nitrates, it must be preservative free. Not so fast. If it contains something
like celery root powder, that’s just another
form of added nitrates, that’s how they get you. Your food tastes really sweet, but the label says zero grams
of sugar, how’s that possible? Well it’s likely that you’re ingesting artificial sweeteners like aspartame, and while we don’t have absolute evidence that it’s bad for your
health, what we do know now, is it does change your brain chemistry and make you crave more unhealthy
foods throughout the day. You’re half way there
to the number one point that will make you an educated consumer. Zero grams of sugar added. It’s a great thing, but you still need to
check the nutrition facts for the naturally occurring sugar. For example, if you have
a cup of orange juice in the morning made up of four oranges, that’s 36 grams of sugar, same as a Coke, but guess what, the label will still say
zero grams of added sugar. Don’t fall for these
unsubstantiated health claims you often find on food packaging.; it boosts your immunity, it
helps your skin stay radiant. Most of these health claims
are often vague or exaggerated. In fact, the Journal of
Nutrition Education and Behavior, found that these claims
appeared mostly on foods high in saturated fats, sugars, or sodium. Just stick to the nutrition
facts and the ingredient list. Also, be skeptical when
the packaging touts a single ingredient. Usually that’s just a slight-of-hand move to distract you from the
other unhealthy ingredients found elsewhere. Whole wheat cereals, whole
wheat bars, whole wheat bread, you think you’re getting a
true whole wheat product? Not so fast. You have to look at the first ingredient in the ingredient section,
which is the most abundant one, and it has to have the
word whole, in order for it to be made predominantly of whole wheat. Number dos, va. Light, that sounds like a great quality for your food to have. Light, means low in fat,
low in calories, right? Not necessarily. If a food tastes light,
if it’s light in color, it can still carry the light label. So don’t get too excited
when you see light in the title of your food. The number one tip,
yes the number one tip, to make you an educated food consumer, look at the serving size. I’ve made this mistake so many times. I’ve gotten a container
of soup, and I said oh, it has slightly more
sodium than I thought, and then I ate it, and then I realized, the serving size was a
quarter of the container, so that means I had four times the amount of sodium I initially had. Now look, you get an ice cream container, and it says, 120 calories per half a cup, how many half a cup’s are
in your bowl of ice cream. The FDA’s even catching on to this one. If the entire container’s likely
to be eaten in one sitting, the companies will be obligated to put the entire container
as a serving size. So there you have it. You are now an educated food consumer. Please don’t stress
about your food choices, because stress is a true killer. Be smart, educate yourself,
know what you put in your body, and stay healthy, thanks for watching. Seven, your bacon’s (laughs). Well guess what, why do I
keep saying well guess what? Number nine, why am I doing six (laughs). (upbeat music)

Randall Smitham



  1. Farid Audee Posted on November 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Big food corporations hate this guy

  2. Wranderous Posted on July 14, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Eats entire bag of popcorn

  3. Ben Army Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    You just ruined the lives of children who trick their parents into thinking unhealthy foods are actually healthy.

  4. Emily Roxburgh Posted on July 15, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Me: wow I should eat healthier/cleaner foods
    Also me: watches this while eating a bucket of m&ms

  5. TheoryOfTravel Posted on July 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Coke and orange comparison wasn’t good. Oranges have fiber that drastically improve the glycemic index of fruits and vegetables compared to processed foods or drinks like coke that have 0 nutritional value.

    Also, almost every orange juice on the market has added processed sugar to it. Surpriseee muttafuckaaas

  6. Waddles Oink Oink Posted on July 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Messenger lite

  7. Heema Heema Posted on July 17, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    In short………

    Exercise is key to happiness. ♥

  8. YamiKage Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:18 am

    It's funny that some "Lite Mayonnaise" does not have any "Eggs", instead milkpowder

  9. Patrick Bourne Posted on July 19, 2019 at 6:38 am

    "all natural foods can contain chemicals"
    I'd hoped that all foods contain chemicals other wise I have waisted a lot of time in my life.

  10. Eveningkiss Posted on July 19, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Always irritates the heck out of me. I look at buying say – a pot pie to have at work. Cool, 450 calories. I can budget that in. Wait… thats for HALF of the pie? Who in the heck eats HALF a Pot pie? A Quarter of a bowl of instant noodles, or 1/2 can of ANYTHING

  11. CW's The Flash Posted on July 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

    it is scientifically proven that Dr. Mike is the sweetest most kind hearted in the world.
    oh and the most attractive lookin' man out there you know what im saying hahah

  12. Daniela Achury Posted on July 26, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I'm going to watch this video everytime I shop for groseries.

  13. AvangionQ Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:55 am

    @ 3:57 "If the entire container is likely to be eaten in one sitting, the companies will be obligated to put the entire container as a serving size."
    How is this not a law [email protected]

  14. Iron Ox Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    While i agree that artificial sweeteners aren't great. If for example your type two. They are at least better than nothing. Side note please, please do a vid on essential oils and other nonsense.

  15. Bery Posted on July 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    "dva" – Almost like Czech language

  16. Sarah Case Posted on July 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Let's talk about warning labels in relation to serving size. On a small bag of sugar free candy, is this cute little warning: Excessive consumption of this product could cause a laxative effect in sensitive persons. We know that some artificial sweeteners give people gas, but this was a handful of jelly beans. I didn't notice that a serving size was six jelly beans. No one eats six jelly beans. Apparently, you are a sensitive person if you have a digestive tract. Laxative effect is a bit of an understatement. It's more like, "You will long for death". I've learned to just avoid artificial sweeteners. There's a reason your body is so urgently desirous to get rid of it.

  17. Mohamed Khaled Posted on July 29, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Lol 2 years ago Mike looks like he's one of those TV salesmen….

  18. Debi Kawaii Posted on July 30, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Wait so the caffeine content label is possibly not all the caffeine in it???

  19. Pedro Franca Posted on July 30, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    In Brazil, any product has to, in order to be labeled as "light", have a reduction in at least 30% of the fat, sugar or calory content on a similar serving size of the "original" product of that brand

  20. MobileDecay Posted on July 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks!!!! I always tell people natural means absolutely nothing! People see natural and they're like okay it's healthy. 🧀👌😊 Sometimes I actually experiment with food to see what makes me fatter because I'm too stupid to understand what i'm reading and what effect it has. Lol. 😁

  21. litejk the gamer Posted on July 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    In a can of fish there was 210 grams of fish, the serving size was 80 grams

  22. Kyle Snook Posted on July 30, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Surprised you didn't talk about one of the most misleading claims – the non-gmo label. So many consumers think that their food is better for them because it says "non-GMO" or "organic." Often it's worse food for a higher price. They think they're getting something that's pesticide free when, in fact, "organic" food often has more pesticide used on it. They think they're helping the environment when, in fact, the exact opposite is true. People are scared of what they don't understand and companies profit off of it.

  23. Jeaneta Catterson Posted on July 31, 2019 at 2:22 am

    The most misleading food label is "sugar-free" If it has carbs it is not sugar-free. Carbs = sugar.

  24. J Paterson Posted on July 31, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Read the labels, the whole label. And if a product is making a claim that it prevents, cures, mitigates and other drug claims and it’s not a drug, report it. There are millions of products out there and it’s not easy finding those that make false claims. Report the products!

  25. Yamino Yononaka Posted on July 31, 2019 at 8:33 am

    That "serving size" thing must be so confusing. Why not use some kind of standard instead? Calculating nutrition per serving size can be inaccurate because serving size is very personalized. Calculating nutrition per "standard amount of product in weight" is so much easier, especially if your aiming to compare which food is "healthier". That's exactly how nutrition parameters are specified on product labels in Russia 🙂

  26. Igor Kutin Posted on July 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Can you make a video about artificial sweetners? There is so many of them from aspartame to erythritol, How they work, how much sweeter they are and what we know about them. Also if these sugars are 200 to 300 times sweeter then regular sugar, how come the manufacturers put around 5 grams of sweetener into their products, to match about 20 grams of sugar, instead of 0.2 grams (numbers are a rough approximation)

  27. B Roli Posted on July 31, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Food companies back in the 70s payed many scientists and doctors to support the claim that its the fat that is unhealthy, not the sugar. Total bullshit.

  28. Tania Charles Posted on August 1, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Crime watch. Yahoo!

  29. Sofie Møbes Posted on August 1, 2019 at 8:40 am

    For counting calories, I always just look at the “100g”-indication, rather than serving size.

  30. Sassy Winter Fox Posted on August 1, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I just eat what my body craves. I struggle to gain weight, what's a healthy food that puts weight on?

  31. Daniel Whittaker Posted on August 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Aspartame also affects brain processes. The research is out there.

  32. NetAndyCz Posted on August 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    0:50 That some weird US eccentricity?! Should not the consumer be informed? I mean it is almost like hiding stuff in drugs so the competitors cannot easily make generics:)

  33. NetAndyCz Posted on August 1, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Well, I try to avoid food that contains markers of highly processed junk – glucose syrup (or high fructose corn syrup), palm oil, and Monosodium glutamate
    (MSG). Those ingredients are not that dangerous (in reasonably doses), but one of them is almost in everything and it just tells you that the manufacturer is going out of their way to sell you the cheapest junk for the highest possible price. Do not get me wrong, plenty of organic all natural products can still be very much the junk food, but there is no reason I should spend money on the worst of the worst stuff.
    The serving size is fun thing though, recently noticed that 180g pack of cookies had a serving size 1 cookie (6g). What a joke:)

  34. bradmeg128 Posted on August 1, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Doctor Mike, Please do a PSA about hydrogenated/semi-hydrogenated oils, aka TRANS FATS

  35. Cyn Posted on August 2, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Why would I look at nutrition information per serving size? Per 100g gives me way more information. How else are you supposed to compare products a and b?

  36. Skillz Posted on August 2, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Damn no homo but you fine

  37. erik andersen Posted on August 3, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Bacon causes cancer

  38. Aubree Swart Posted on August 3, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Why are nitrates bad ?

  39. Domestic Content Posted on August 3, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Any fit tuber viewers?

  40. wedsa95 Posted on August 3, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Jump cut's is are not natural.

  41. Muttmomaf Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:45 am

    My fat ass is going to die

  42. Jeff White Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I kept getting distracted by his angry neck vein. 👀

  43. Erin S Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I understand your point but we can’t make nutrient content claims on food labels if there are disqualifying factors like saturated fat

  44. DB123infane Posted on August 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    aren't these …like common knowledge though apart from the nitrate

  45. Vikrinox Posted on August 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Why are Always Cereal serving sizes like 3 spoons worth of cereal.

  46. Red Phoenix Posted on August 5, 2019 at 12:58 am

    @2:39 There aren't unhealthy ingredience, derp. Just unhealthy amounts of ingredience.

  47. Supercaffeineaddict Posted on August 5, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I thought number 1 was organic.

  48. Hoang nam Huynh Posted on August 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Why don't we stop eating food with the risks of poisoning yourself or loaded our bodies with things that the seller don't want us to know and switch to drink artificial nutrition mixed with water at the recommended amount

  49. Hester Posted on August 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Im skeptical when a man in scrubs with a stethoscope around his neck with no apparent use.
    Oh, and he's yelling. Angry stethoscope man.

    Just kidding, he's right (or is he?)

  50. Keith Lee Posted on August 5, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    How bad is high fructose corn syrup compared to sugar? I always heard it was like sugar but i also heard some people say your body might not recognize it the same i apologize if this video covers this question

  51. Dark D. Moon Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    In Iceland it's nearly mandatory to put a serving size nutrition value of both expected serving size and the whole product contained.

  52. Samuel Khasin Posted on August 7, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Halo Top was a kind of bad example when talking about serving size, since the calorie count on the label is for the entire container.

  53. Michael Dawson Posted on August 7, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Labelling on future food:

    Calories: If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

  54. Bhejay De Pablo Posted on August 10, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Guys, kindly watch a sugar life. It's a documentary related with this. It's good to watch 😊

  55. Ty MONEY Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:36 am

    No reliable research to show that aspartame makes you crave “bad” food.

  56. Rochelle Villafuerte Posted on August 10, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Food corporations totally does not love hate him

  57. Sri Tejaswini D Posted on August 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I am so glad that u made this video..An eye opener for most of the people.. Thanks Dr. Mike 🙂

  58. Kim Nielsen Posted on August 11, 2019 at 9:03 am

    "Number nine, why am I doing six?"
    69 baby

  59. BLAH4460 Posted on August 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I know that i'm like 1 1/2 years late to this but, 0:23 "All natural foods can still contain chemicals" So "all natural foods" contain things like water. carbohydrates, proteins, salt, fats, etc.

    Please stop using the term "contains chemicals", when anything and everything that physically exists in the known universe "contains chemicals". #triggered

  60. Lorentari Posted on August 11, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Aren't the US required to specify energy per [[insert your weird unit here]]. In most of Europe food is required to have nutrition per 100 grams (or 100 ml) – multiplying to get the serving size nutrition is pretty straight forward from there.

  61. Laura Hafner Posted on August 12, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I feel like one of the reasons obesity is an issue is because of this…you’re better of indulging in a regular soda once in awhile than a diet soda. I also feel like the rise in colon cancers has a lot to do with all the processed foods we eat. Stick to the outer perimeter of your grocery store, with a couple of items from the aisles, like breads and cereals. It’s a lot more work to chop and cook and prep, but it’s worth it.

  62. Laura Hafner Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Don’t forget, 2% milk means it still has 98% of the amount of fat in whole milk. It should say 2% less fat than whole milk!🤦‍♀️

  63. Ivan Ho Posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Dr Mike is so cute. 😉

  64. Ryan Vickers Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Even without changing the rules about what's a serving size, that should be a good hint. If they've made it small, you should probably stick to that amount or less lol only something healthy would be able to get away with a huge serving without throwing up big numbers on the label

  65. Vivi Laurel Posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Arghhh I used to do that all the time!! @ forgetting to consider the serving size

  66. Erasmo117 Posted on August 14, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Hello Doctor Mike, can you do a video about cognitive enhancing nootropics. If they actually are effective and the side effects. I've only read good thing about them but I want a professional opinion. If this isn't something you do I understand and thank you for your time.

  67. Constant Chaos Posted on August 14, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Does anyone not already know that?

  68. TheAdekrijger Posted on August 18, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    All natural: cyanide, asbestos, uranium, opium and alcohol.
    Unnatural: almost all crops we produce and animals we eat. For clarity sake most crops were alot less productive, nutritious and numerous besides being more toxic before we humans started breeding them.

  69. TheAdekrijger Posted on August 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Natural is when you get eaten by a bear out of the blue because you are part of the food chain.

  70. Dejah ಠᴥಠ Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I am now E D U C A T E D

  71. AGcrafterlmt Posted on August 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Definitely check the serving sizes. One time I bought Mac and cheese that said it only had 15 grams of fat and I thought 'okay definitely not bad for a big thing of Mac and cheese' then I got home, looked at the back again and saw that it was only for a 5th of the container

  72. Patty Cake Posted on August 20, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Serving size…5 chips…multiple personalities were having a snack. "Yay," "yes," "okay," "sounds good," "I don't know if I even like these chips."

  73. Suba Anandan Posted on August 20, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    What is that steth for

  74. Ranger Truth Posted on August 21, 2019 at 9:01 am

    When people don't explain or consider the difference between simple sugars and complex sugars for things like fruit juice… 😒😒😒 36 grams of fructose and 36 grams of sucrose aren't equal.

  75. Work Out Posted on August 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Wow that 'you are half way there' got me at the perfect time when I started to lose interest, bringing me back into the zone

  76. Adam Shanks Posted on August 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Stop wearing your steth you prick.

  77. Looking In With Victor B Posted on August 22, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Wow… I have to check that Coke vs orange juice stat, as it would be interesting to note.

    Also, don't replace water with diet coke then blame aspartame for your health issues… 4L of diet pop, sugar free gum, etc… That's 3.3 pounds of sweetener right there…

  78. Jai Parwani Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Aspratame is as addictive as vaccines cause aneurysms. To be clear Dr is lying vaccines don't cause aneurysms.

  79. Tsururun 328 Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    i’m so happy i live in europe

  80. Transformers Bae Posted on August 23, 2019 at 3:23 am

    America: We have high obesity rates! We need to exercise more and eat properly’!


  81. Tabitha Bourne Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Me watching this as I eat boxed Mac and cheese with bacon

  82. Ms12369 Posted on August 24, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I'll care about serving sizes when hell freezes over!

  83. Feral Gangrel Posted on August 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    These "Buzzwords" on food piss me off and my friends that think they're eating better than me since htr up the wall.

  84. Less Waste KY Home Posted on August 25, 2019 at 1:25 am

    the shouting is making me anxious Mike and I cut the caffeine hrs ago.

  85. Wayne Jeez Posted on August 25, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Nice presentation, Doctor Mike.

  86. Jody Pope Posted on August 26, 2019 at 6:10 am

    my peeve, is small font on ingredients, and information

  87. Sreelekha RC Posted on August 26, 2019 at 9:44 am

    The NO 1 point is the most imp point (serving size). Btw why Dr .Mike is jumping in the video. Out of excitement??!!

  88. David Powers Posted on August 26, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I subscribed finally, you are what I wanna see more of in health care, true objectivity but love for wanting to help people be well, true doctor ethos right there! 👏

  89. Simon Kraemer Posted on August 27, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Or to put it in other words: if you're not a nerd reading all the nutrition labels, your pretty fucked up in the US if it comes to healthy food choices…

  90. Taha Shabbir Posted on August 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    The Guarana bean looks like a Pokémon

  91. Maria Salazar Posted on August 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Dr. Mike, I appreciate you making a video to educate the public about nutrition. But I implore you to include a registered dietitian in your videos regarding nutrition and health. We are the only health professionals who are required to have a 1200+ hour dietetic internship and sit for a registration exam based on clinical and community nutrition and food service. Furthermore, we'd love to share a platform with a distinguished medical provider, such as yourself, and show the public a good example of interdisciplinary teams within the medical community. Hope to hear back from you! Thanks

  92. Banai Feldstein Posted on August 30, 2019 at 3:53 am

    One of my favorites was a jar of pickles where 3/4 of a pickle was a serving size. I currently have a jar that says 0 calories in a serving of little pickles. At what point have I eaten a calorie if I eat more than a serving? They are cucumbers. They're not calorie-free.

  93. clydefrosch Posted on August 30, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Chemicals are natural

  94. Miranda K Posted on August 30, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Wait is this a kid’s show 😂

  95. o Posted on August 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    dude lost me when he said "chemicals" bruh everything is a chemical cmon now doc

  96. DJ speedywolf Posted on August 30, 2019 at 11:25 pm


  97. ashutosh jain Posted on August 31, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    That serving size shit gets me everytime they say this product only has 6 gms of fat and I am like yayyyy and then i read the serving size which is like 30gms

  98. Brainfryde Posted on September 1, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Kind of a bummer with the missed opportunity and misleading point. Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners have received the "it makes you crave more" label since before half of them were created. Sweetening any food causes people to crave it more, and some people crave more when they don't feel a sugar boost. Artificial sweeteners probably shouldn't be consumed by people in general, as it causes over eating in most people if you do not use them exclusively in favor of sugars. And yes, even in those who DO use them exclusively, if you are not careful. Biggest lie? SUGAR FREE. Sugar Alcohol is a simple carb used as a sweetener in foods that want to claim "no sugar added" or "sugar free." Thanks to some shifty FDA backroom deals, it was decided that it didn't count as a sugar, because it does not cause tooth decay. I'm sure all of the people who end up in diabetic comas find this distinction meaningful :p