10 Foods That Aren’t What You Think They Are

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Many processed foods use confusing labels, photographs, and slogans to trick consumers into thinking the product is something it’s not. One can, of course, always read the ingredient list to find out what exactly is in a processed food product, but there are other clues to look out for.

If something is labeled as a food “product,” it’s probably because according to the Food and Drug Administration, whatever the product is can’t technically be categorized as the food it’s claiming to be. Another thing to look for is whether something that claims to be made from meat or dairy needs to be refrigerated. If not, it’s not real food. Here’s a list of 10 foods that aren’t really what you think they are

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1. Velveeta

There’s been a lot of talk about a possible Velveeta shortage, which is happening right before the Super Bowl and other television events that require dip. The product melts smoothly to create a perfect cheesy base for queso or as a topping for nachos. But did you know that Velveeta isn’t actually cheese? It’s a cheese product. According to the FDA’s rules, Velveeta doesn’t qualify as dairy. Perhaps in lieu of the devastating shortage, you could reach for a block of real cheddar when making your queso and rest easy knowing that what you’re eating is actually food.

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