Are those fake blueberries in processed foods?

Big Food is a purveyor of convenient, cheap and often chemical-ridden foods. Yet you won’t see those foods advertised that way. Cereals, bagels, breads and muffins are often packaged in boxes and wrappers adorned with images of fresh fruits and berries.

So if plump blueberries are shown on the packaging, there must be blueberries inside the product, right? Not exactly, or in some cases, not at all.

Award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposes the chemical ingredients and not-quite-forthcoming marketing of “blueberry” products from big-name food and cereal companies in this video.

The blueberries, it turns out, are made from artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars. But you won’t see that on the front of the box. You’d have to dig down into the small print of the ingredients to discover “blueberry bits” made from things like sugar, corn cereal, modified food starch, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and artificial colors like Blue # 2 and Red # 40.

You might think you’re getting a healthy dose of antioxidants from berries with your cereals or muffins, but if the label doesn’t list actual blueberries, there’s no health benefit at all.

How can you protect yourself against “fake blueberries” and deceptive marketing practices? Buy real, whole foods, so you never have to worry about added sugar or corn syrup. And always look at the label of your foods and supplements—avoid synthetic substances or single isolates and look for whole food sources. That’s the good inside.