3 Health Food Scams You’re Wasting Money On

Don’t let tricky food labels making false claims fool you any longer!

3 Health Food Scams You’re Wasting Money On

There are certain companies out there that are just trying to make a buck off of you. Dr. Oz uncovers the biggest health food scams so you won’t get duped again. 

Fake Blueberries


Some companies are labeling products as “blueberry” when really they are just manufacturing something that only looks like blueberries made up of sugars, starches, hydrogenated oils and food dye.

Fake Blueberry Warning Signs:

  • Be wary if “blueberry” is far down on a long list of ingredients.
  • Watch for any red or blue dyes included in the ingredient list.
  • Any modifier to the word blueberry like “crunchlet,” “bit,” or “cluster” on food packaging is a red flag.

Not-So Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

True extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the highest grade of olive oil. It comes from the first press of olives that takes place within less than 24 hours after the olives were harvested, and it has not been chemically treated with any additives. A UC Davis study found that two-thirds of common brand-name EVOO in stores in California were regular olive oil, or canola and nut oils. This is a huge scam because you may be paying twice as much for a low-grade olive oil.

Ensure your olive oil is real EVOO:

  • Do the sniff test: True EVOO has a fruity smell, like that of fresh olives.
  • Make sure the oil comes in a darker bottle.
  • Only one country of origin should be listed.
  • Look for the USDA Organic stamp on the bottle.

Honey, Without the Buzzed-About Benefits

Recent studies show that lots of honey on the market is ultra-filtered, meaning all of the pollen is taken out. You want pollen in your honey because it is a great source of antioxidants.

Make sure to get all the healing benefits of honey:

  • The ingredients list should read ONLY honey (no sugar syrup, corn syrup or rice syrup).
  • Organic honey is the safest bet to ensure you’re getting pure honey with pollen.
  • Buy honey at natural food stores and local farmers markets because it comes straight from the hive.

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No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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