Beware Of This Food Label SCAM

    When it comes to food labels, manufacturers are very good at finding the loopholes in labeling laws and requirements, and subsequently very good at pulling the wool over YOUR eyes.  One such loophole is the manufacturer's ability to claim "zero" grams of fat, zero grams of trans fat, or zero calories on the label when in fact the product does indeed contain plenty of fat, trans fat, and/or calories.

    Here's the law, and how food manufacturers get around it:

    Label factsZero grams of fat or zero grams of trans fat:  As long as the food item has less than .5g of fat or trans fat, respectively, the label does not need to claim their existence on the label.  In fact, the product can even legally market "Zero grams of fat!" or "0g of trans fat per serving!"

    More on why this is a HUGE problem, and how food manufacturers deepen this loophole in just a minute.

    Zero calories per serving:  As long as the food item has less than 5 calories per serving, it can be rounded down and labeled 0 calories.

    Deepening the Loophole with Unrealistic Serving Sizes

    While .5g of fat or 5 calories may not seem like a big deal, remember that these values are "per serving," and while an entire package, box, can, or bottle of a product may contain hundreds of calories and loads of fat, as long as they can divide that package into small enough servings to meet the calorie and gram requirements to claim zero, it's legal.

    Legal AND deceptive as hell.

    I don't know about you, but I get angry when I see food manufacturers outright LYING to consumers on their labels and in the nutrition facts.  Some of these products should change the Nutrition Facts header to "Nutrition Lies" and it'd actually be a lot more accurate.

    You see, at BioTrust we're here to provide you with honest nutrition advice and products, and as such, here are my "Top 3 Violators" of this deceptive food labeling practice.

    1. Cooking Sprays and Butter Sprays - Cooking sprays are labeled as fat-free but their first ingredient is oil, which is 100% fat.  How in the world can this be?  Well, the serving size is 1/5th of a second.  What?  Last time I used a cooking spray (some of the organic ones are useful) it took about 3 seconds to lightly coat the surface of the pan.  Well, according to the manufacturer, I just used 15 servings.

    Bottom line, no one uses the ridiculous and absurd microscopic 1/5th of a second spray suggested serving, which isn't nearly enough product to be of practical use.

    Cooking sprays aren't fat-free... they are nearly 100% fat.  In my example above, a realistic serving actually contains around 5 grams of fat and 45 calories.  A far cry from the 0 number reported on their nutrition facts.

    Same goes for butter sprays, which are 90%+ fat in most cases.  For example, one popular brand of butter spray contains over 800 calories and 90g of fat per bottle, yet it's labeled as a fat-free, calorie-free product!  Yeah, right!

    The serving size?  One spray.  Let's get real here... no one is using one spray, or five sprays, or 10 sprays.  In fact, twenty-five sprays equals just one teaspoon, when the servings size for regular butter is 1 tablespoon.  When you balance out the serving size to be the same as a serving of butter, you're looking at 75 sprays to get the same amount.

    2.  Artificial sweeteners - Not only are artificial sweeteners bad news for your health, but they're also a top violator of "calorie free" deceptive labeling practices.  Many brands of artificial sweeteners use maltodextrin and/or dextrose (which is pure sugar) as fillers in each packet, and each packet can legally contain up to a full gram of sugar and 5 calories and still be labeled as calorie free.

    I've seen people put 3 - 5 packets of this stuff in their coffee or on their cereal... hardly calorie free and even worse, maltodextrin and dextrose are two of the biggest insulin-spiking carbs around—the entire reason people choose artificial sweeteners over sugar in the first place!

    3.  Any food that contains "partially hydrogenated" oils in the ingredient list, period.  Bottom line, you should have a zero-tolerance attitude toward trans fats. They are the most health-derailing nutrient known to man, and you should be truly consuming ZERO grams per day.

    If a product claims "Zero grams of trans fat per serving," especially if they specify "per serving," they are almost always playing the serving size game, and you're very likely to see partially hydrogenated oils on the list of ingredients when you flip the package over.  If so, avoid it like the plague.

    Instead, if you'd like to get your hands on an honest, 100% All-Natural product that is truly free of all the junk out there, while transparently labeling the exact amount of each protein in our exotic 4-protein blend right on the label, then we invite you to try our highly-acclaimed, great-tasting, time-released protein blend, BioTrust Low Carb.

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    Have an awesome day!

    19 comments - Add Yours

    1. I am age 55 plus and had my thyroid radiated due to Grave’s Disease. I have no metabolism except that which is synthetic and comes from a bottle. I am also a Type II Diabetic on insulin which of course makes one gain weight. I am over 200 lbs. and miserable. Also menopause is howling at my doorstep. Is there any hope of losing weight when everything is against me?

      • Hi Jeanine,

        Thank you so much for reaching out to us and for offering us the opportunity to help. We are terribly sorry to hear about all of your health issues. I do want to take a moment to remind you that our products and advice are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Because we are neither doctors nor do we know your entire health history, we recommend that you discuss any specific medical-related questions with your healthcare professional.

        That being said, although you clearly face an uphill battle, change starts with attitude and a positive mindset. We know how incredibly challenging this can be, especially when you’ve tried everything and have been told all the things that you’ve likely been told. However, accountability and social support are two very important factors in changing one’s health, fitness, and vitality. I encourage you to sign up for our free Online Coaching Community where you can ask questions, get free coaching help, give and get support, and much, much more.

        On top of that, we’d certainly have to look at your nutrition and exercise habits in more depth. With regard to nutrition, the research is compelling clear that, from a nutrition standpoint, a combination of protein, healthy fats, and fiber is optimal to control blood sugar and insulin levels, which improve overall health and optimizes the body’s ability to effectively use fat for fuel and preserve carbohydrates.

        This same cocktail also seems to be necessary to optimize body weight and reduce fat mass, improve health markers, improve sleep patterns, and eliminate GI distress. This is a cornerstone of each of our scientifically-backed BioTrust-approved nutrition plans, like the One Day Diet and 3 Week Diet.

        With regard to exercise, we know that certain types of exercise seem to be far more conducive to fat loss and boosting the metabolism than others. Fortunately, we discuss these in greater depth in the following articles:

        http://www.biotrustboard.com/showthread.php?39-Critical-Elements-of-Fat-Loss-Training-%28Article%29

        http://www.biotrustboard.com/showthread.php?37808-Metabolic-Resistance-Training-Optimizing-Your-Exercise-Investment

        Of course, when first getting started with exercise (after getting your physician’s approval, of course), doing something is better than doing nothing at all. So, just be sure to get moving. :)

        I hope this is helpful, Jeanine!

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        Senior Nutrition and Exercise Coach

    2. Hi, I am reading a comment regarding the GMO scientific evidence.I have done alot of research on the GMOS and I am suggesting to you that you should follow up with a interviews with the organic agriculture,and farmers themselves.Also if you simply trust your FDA MONSANTO.You will be sure to find 10 20 years from now that the truth has been surpressed.JUST SAYING

      • Hi Judy,

        Thank you for sharing your feedback and extensive research. We only purchase raw ingredients that come with a certificate of analysis for potency and purity. And, we even do further microbiological testing during the manufacturing process. This means that every ingredient is guaranteed to be pure and potent before it becomes a BioTrust product.

        We take the topic of GMOs very seriously, and we require non-GMO certifications for all ingredients in question. You can be assured that when we say non-GMO that we have verified it.

        I hope this helps, Judy!

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        Senior Nutrition and Exercise Coach

    3. How many capsules in bottle of IC-5?
      Husband Type- ll diabetic, age 61, present
      weight 188 after 9 bed- ridden days of severe
      body aches and high fever of West Nile. Very difficult
      losing weight. 201 is general weight. Carries large belly
      due to prednisone – chronic asthmatic. Thought I would give IC- 5 a try. Quite expensive for maintenance drug.

      • Hi Linda,

        Thank you so much for your interest in our premium, all-natural, scientifically-backed supplements. We are terribly sorry to hear about your husband’s health issues and struggles.

        There are 120 capsules in each bottle of IC-5, which is equivalent to 60 two-capsule servings.

        While the active ingredients in IC-5 have been clinically shown to increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar in response to a carbohydrate meal, IC-5 does not treat, cure, or prevent any disease, such as diabetes. If you are on medication, you should continue to take your medication under the direction of your physician and must consult with your physician before using IC-5. That said, don’t worry as you’re always protected by our 1-Year Money Back Guarantee and can return the product for a full refund if needed. If you have any medical condition, such as diabetes, you should not stop your medication, adjust your diet, or your carbohydrate intake without consulting with your physician.

        I hope this helps, Linda!

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        Senior Nutrition and Exercise Coach

    4. I am on the paleo diet I actually love it, yet my blood sugar has not completely gone down to where I want it my last A1c was 6.2 before going on Paleo and im guessing I will be at 6.0 or perhaps less at my next one but often my glucose is 140ish and I have not eaten one grain product just veggies and meat with fat as per paleo

      I want to see my glucose at110 or less

      I work out a lot and a lot of the time it is in that area.. but why dies is creep up esp without any flat carbs

      jay

      • Hi Jay,

        Thanks so much for reaching out to us and for allowing us the opportunity to assist you. Congratulations to you on the lifestyle changes that you have made to help improve your health and fitness!

        I do want to take a moment to remind you that our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Because we are neither doctors nor do we know your entire health history, we recommend that you discuss specific medical-related questions with your physician. Please do not stop taking prescription medications without proper approval.

        That being said, you may consider taking a look at IC-5, which has active ingredients that have been shown to help reduce blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity. If you haven’t watched the following video yet, I highly encourage you to do so:

        Fix Your Blood Sugar

        I hope this helps, Jay. Keep up the great work!

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        Head Nutrition and Exercise Coach

    5. I have lost 30+ lbs with Atkins lo carb regimen. It looks like your product will require 1 container per week- even with discounts is pricey. If the value of ingredients is going to create substantial weight loss ok. Can you give any testimonials?
      Thank you

      • Hi Ubi,

        Thank you so much for your interest in our premium, all-natural, scientifically-backed supplements. To which product are you referring? For additional testimonials, please visit our Online Community. There, you can ask questions, read user feedback, get free coaching help, and much, much more.

        If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know. Thanks, Ubi!

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        BT Head Trainer

    6. When I got west nile virus 5 years ago, my glucose levels went from 90 to 870 3 days after getting bit. Since then I have had a hard time with my glucose levels. The Dr’s tell me that west nile has nothing to do with my diabetis. I am wondering if your product could help? Do you have a payment plan as I am retired and money is tight.

      Thank you for your informational video and time in this matter… Judith

      • Hi Judith,

        Thank you so much for reaching out to us and for offering us the opportunity to help you. I am terribly sorry to hear about you contracting the West Nile Virus. That’s horrible to hear.

        It’s important that we remind you that our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illnesses. Because we are neither doctors nor do we know your entire health history, we recommend that you discuss specific medical-related questions with your physician. Please do not stop taking any prescription medications without proper approval.

        If you are interested in IC-5, we encourage you to show a bottle to your physician or pharmacist. Also, the information contained in this document may be helpful.

        While we do not offer any payment plans, we do have a program that allows you to pay half price up front followed by the remaining half of the payment after 30 days. If you’re interested, you can revisit the video. If you click to close the window, you’ll be prompted to stay on the page or to leave it. Click to stay on the page. You’ll do that one more time, then you’ll have the opportunity for the pay half now, half later deal.

        Alternatively, you can call Customer Service, and one of our Customer Care Specialists will assist you:

        (800) 766 – 5086 (M – F 9a – 5p CST)

        I hope this helps, Judith.

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        BT Head Trainer

      • Hi Julus,

        Thank you so much for your interest in our premium, all-natural, scientifically-backed products. Our entire line of pill products (e.g., AbsorbMax, BCAA Matrix, IC-5, LeptiBurn, and Pro-X10), BioTrust Organic Protein Bars, and BioTrust Protein Cookies are non-GMO (i.e., completely free from GMOs).

        BioTrust Low Carb, our 100% all-natural, cold-processed, true time-released protein blend, contains trace levels of ingredients that are GMO. While there is no hard scientific evidence to support that GMOs are harmful in humans, we take this issue seriously. As a result, we have been diligently working to replace these trace ingredients with non-GMO variations. It is our intent to do so without compromising the taste and quality of said product.

        I hope this helps, Julus.

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        BT Head Trainer

    7. Each time I try to get that 50% deal where you pay half now, and on day 30 pay the balance, it won’t allow it. I chose the flavor, when I click on it, it says cart is empty go back to shop. When I go back to shop, that deal is not there?
      What is the story?

      • Hi Suzi,

        I am sorry to hear that you’re having difficulty placing your order. If you are still having trouble, I encourage you to contact our Customer Service Team. One of our Customer Care Specialists will gladly assist you:

        (800) 766 – 5086 (M – F 9a – 5p CST)

        If you would prefer to have one of our Specialists contact you, we will be happy to arrange that. Please let us know how we can best assist you.

        Thanks, Suzi!

        Sincerely,

        Tim Skwiat
        BT Head Trainer

    8. I am using some of the Bio Trust products. However, your Low carb powder uses Stevia. I cannot use Stevia without getting physically ill. So now what do I do if I would like to use the protein powders?

    9. How many servings in a bottle of BioTrust Low Carb? or what is the Volume/weight of the bottle?so i can workout how much I need

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