“…The ingredients in blueberry bagels sold at Target include ‘blueberry bits,’ which aren’t bits of blueberry but rather blobs of sugar, partially hydrogenated oil, and blue food dye. Natural and artificial blueberry flavoring show up later in the ingredients list; real blueberries, even later.
“And what about Betty Crocker’s Blueberry Muffin Mix? Hard-to-read print says: ‘Imitation blueberries, artificially flavored…’
“The trend even extends to other popular fruits. A reader in Cummaquid, Mass., who was ‘really hungry and in a hurry’ bought packs of Quaker Multigrain Fiber Crisps Blackberry Pomegranate, showing a cut-open pomegranate bursting with seeds next to two blackberries. Only later did he notice the tiny type stating, ‘Does not contain fruit.’ “