Blueberry products may not contain blue­berries

Consumer Reports checks out blueberry claims

If you think you're getting the health benefits of blueberries when you buy packaged "blueberry" foods, Consumer Reports says think again.
"We found products that look like they're loaded with blueberries that are anything but," said Jamie Kopf of Consumer Reports.
For example, blueberry pancake mix from Krusteaz has no blueberries or fruit of any kind in it, Consumer Reports said.
"Keep an eye out for disclaimers like 'artificially flavored' and 'imitation blueberries', which, in this case are made of palm oil, cellulose gum and several dyes," Kopf said.
The only thing blue in Kellogg's Blueberry Muffin Frosted Mini Wheats is dye, Consumer Reports said.
Kelloggs said the term "blueberry muffin" is used to describe the flavor and that the label complies with the law.
Other products only have blueberry juice in them and that is way down the list of ingredients.
And, Ocean Spray's Blueberry Craisins are actually cranberries infused with blueberry juice, Consumer Reports said.

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