The Center for Science in the Public (CSPI) Interest published a list of what it calls "8 Food Frauds".
The group said, "Food marketers are seemingly stopping at nothing to convince consumers that fairly ordinary products like waffles, green tea and jam hold the secret to better health. These claims are misleading and are popping up all over the grocery store."
One product CSPI singles out is Special K with fruit and yogurt.
The group says the cereal has no berries only dried apple pieces and only yogurt powder.
Kellogg's Eggo Nutri-Grain Pancakes is also on its list
The package says "made with whole wheat", but the first ingredient is enriched wheat flour which is basically white flour with brown coloring and little fiber.
UPMC Nutritionist, Madelyn Fernstrom said,"When you’re looking for a whole wheat product you want to look for 100 percent whole wheat as the first ingredient."
Fernstrom said,"The best way to validate whether something is 100 percent whole wheat or contains a little is just read the back of the package and the ingredients. You only need to look at the first two or three ingredients to know what is happening."
That’s because labels list the ingredients in descending order, so the first ingredient listed is the largest part of the product.
The group said another the box for Gerbers Graduates for Toddlers Juice Treats was misleading.
Fernstrom said, "I look at this and say, wow fresh fruit on the cover this is going to be a good product, but the first ingredient is corn syrup there's no fruit."
Also on the CSPI list: Smucker's Simply Fruit.
The group says according to the label it contains more fruit syrup than actual fruit.
Dannon’s DanActive "immunity dairy drink" claims it will "strengthen your body's defenses."
Fernstrom said, "The healthy bacteria in this kind of yogurt may have something to do with immune function and some early lab studies indicate this, but it doesn’t mean if you drink this product it's going to boost your immune system. You need to do that with reducing your stress, a healthy diet, getting enough rest and a healthy lifestyle. Picking a product that says immunity doesn’t say anything other than I’m going to have a small container of yogurt."
Other food on the CSPI list:
Multigran Tostitos The group says a one-ounce serving (8 chips) has more sugar than any of its "Four Wholesome Grains"
Sara Lee Fruits of the Forest Deep Dish Pie The consumer group said Sara Lee makes the pie look healthy because of photos of fruit on the package. CSPI said, "Fruits of the Forest has more partially hydrogenated oil and sugar than any fruit except apples."
Enviga The drink claims its combination of caffeine and an antioxidant extracted from green tea will cause people to burn more calories than the drink provides and help them control weight. CSPI said, "Long term studies on the ingredients in Enviga show no consistent effect on weight. "
Fernstrom said, "Don’t be fooled by this advertising. It’s not going to replace a healthy lifestyle. It’s not going to help lose weight unless you eat fewer calories."