A popular salad dressing that featured prominently on weight-loss show The Biggest Loser has been criticised for its fat content, and is not nearly as healthy as advertised, according to a federal court lawsuit filed on Monday (29th November 2010). 'Biggest Loser' fan Paige Cooperman is accusing food company 'Galeos' of misleading customers into thinking they were buying a healthy product, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The 'Miso Caesar Dressing', which was made popular on the hit US reality show where contestants complete to lose weight, advertises a "very low fat" content despite containing nearly 10 times the amount of calories that it lists, according to the lawsuit. The product's label states that the dressing contains 14 calories made up of 1 gram of fat and 56 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon. After having the dressing tested by an independent laboratory, Ms Cooperman suggests that the label should read 120 calories made up of 11 grams of fat and 390 milligrams of sodium per two-tablespoon serving.
Andrei Leontieff, co-founder of Galeos, says he believes the labels are accurate and says they were checked by a different laboratory this week, he added, "I don't think, I know, the label is correct". The lawsuit also suggests that 'Biggest Loser' celebrity trainer 'Jillian Michaels' "aggressively promotes" the products.