Healthy or hype? 16 most misleading food labels

  • We've heard it all before: Load up on fruits and vegetables to boost your health. But pesticide residues have been tied to health risks, which is why the Environmental Working Group has reviewed USDA and FDA testing data to come up with its eighth annual "Dirty Dozen" list to let consumers know which foods are most commonly contaminated with pesticides.According to the group, the latest round of government tests found pesticide residues on 68 percent of food samples. Will one of these foods be in your dinner? Keep clicking to see which produce item earned the top spot on the Environmental Working Group's 2012 "Dirty Dozen" list. istockphoto

    ( Have you ever picked one grocery item over another because of the health claims on the label? You may have been duped. That's because terms like fat free or all natural are often slapped on a food item that may not be healthy at all.

    Frustrated? You're not alone. Nearly 59 percent of consumers have a hard time understanding nutrition labels, according to a Nielsen survey.

    Here's our list of the 16 most common - and most misleading phrases - manufacturers use on food, with advice on how to look past the hype to make smarter supermarket choices.