Deceptive food labeling, old school style.

This isn’t a deceptive label on a food package, but it is an example of misleading nutrition information. It is a recipe from a cookbook called Charleston Receipts, which includes recipes that represent hundreds of years of low country cooking. I don’t know the history of this particular recipe, but I do know that it makes a  claim that, upon closer examination,  isn’t exactly true.

The recipe is for Sugarless Yellow Cake, which sounds healthy, especially for people who are trying to lose weight or control their blood glucose. But reading the ingredients reveals that this cake is definitely NOT sugarless.

Sugarless yellow cake

Okay, technically, it doesn’t contain sugar as an ingredient. But it does contain corn syrup, which really is sugar (as so clearly explained here).

Like many foods, especially packaged foods, the name tells one story while the ingredients tell another. Since this recipe comes from a book that was originally published in 1950, this form of misleading labeling isn’t anything new.

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