The Diet Blog outlines the various ways food companies try to dupe you into purchasing their product based solely on the packaging. According to the Diet Blog, consumers spend on average less than 4 seconds browsing before selecting an item for purchase. Knowing these tips will help you make the best selection next time you’re grocery shopping without falling prey to the packaging of inferior products:
Buzzword of the month
At the moment it seems to be “whole grain” and “omega-3″ and “fortified”. Any savvy marketer will make sure they list these buzzwords in bold: front and center.
The Reality: The actual content of the whole grain may be minimal – and can you really believe that the possible health benefits of the latest buzzword will outweigh the other junk in the food?
Bite-sized. Mini-sized. Snack-sized
Many popular food items also have a mini-me version. Surely that’s got to be good for the waistline?
The Reality: You probably end up eating twice or three times as much of the mini-versions – because – hey – they’re so small! and easy to eat!
It’s great to choose organic food over the non-organic counterpart – but organic candy? Or what about organic baked beans – complete with added sugar and 456mg of sodium.
The Reality: 3,500 calories of organic food is still 3,500 calories.
7 Ways The Food Companies Fool You – [The Diet Blog]