25 August 2010

Food marketing

Oh, xkcd. You have (many) brilliant insights scattered about your (often inappropriate) ridiculousness.

Personally, my favorite Misleadingly Healthy Food Labels are "with whole grains" and "raised without hormones."

A bagel made "with whole grains" is probably made "with" plenty of other things too. It might have a few tablespoons of wheat germ mixed in there, but when the other ingredients are bleached flour, soybean oil, and corn syrup solids . . . hum.

And chicken "raised without hormones?" I was very impressed until I read the teeny tiny print at the bottom: federal law prohibits the use of hormones in poultry. Oh. So you're basically telling me that you keep the law. Yay . . .

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