If you’re concerned with healthy living, you’ve probably done a lot of research about what foods to eat and which to avoid. Unfortunately, even among purported superfoods, not all is as it seems. A lot of food items are cut with, or even entirely replaced by artificial products, and these can hurt your health and your wallet. Here are Nine foods that are commonly diluted, misrepresented, or otherwise misrepresented, as well as tips to make sure you’re getting quality products.
Olive oil is another popular food touted for its health benefits. While it is indeed a healthy alternative to other oils, it is often more expensive; some manufacturers keep costs down by cutting their olive oil with corn, canola, or other frying oils. This results in a product that not only falls short of what pure olive oil can provide, but it also exposes consumers to the detrimental effects of other oils. Shop carefully! Avoid ‘oil blends’ or bottles that are not dark, as darkened bottles protect the olive oil from oxidation. Also, be sure to check the harvested date.
Blueberries, known for their antioxidant properties, are another food that is often imitated. This happens most notably in situations where blueberries are advertised as part of cake or muffin mixes. Unfortunately, the ‘fruit’ in these packages is often simply a combination of flour, oils, sugars, a host of artificial ingredients, (and if you’re lucky, ‘blueberry bits’) all topped off with food coloring. To make sure you get real blueberries every time, avoid frozen fruits and pick up fresh, preferably organic blueberries at your local farmer’s market.