Fox 5's Arnold Diaz puts a popular diet food to the test.
Candace Costanzo buys the 7 ounce Eat-Rite Pizza's at a health food store in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Eat-Rite's entire line of products, including nine types of personal pizzas is also sold nationwide online.
According to the labels, they're incredibly low in carbohydrates, calories, and fat. They don't taste like diet food.
After eating the pizzas for a year, Candace began to have doubts about the nutritional claims.
Lisa Lillian, known as Hungry Girl has her own show on the Food Network, writes cookbooks, and a daily email devoted to guilt-free eating. She heard from a lot of people that they were suspicious of this pizza.
We took the pizza and some other Eat-Rite products to a certified laboratory and had them tested. The tests found the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Uno, which the label claims is 210 Calories really has 583 calories. The claim of 6 grams of fat is also bogus. Tests found 29 grams of fat. Instead of 7 grams of carbohydrates, there are 53 grams. We also tested Eat-Rite's Pizza Duo and got almost identical results, 577 calories, 28 grams of fat, and 53 grams of carbohydrates.
It's not just the pizza. Eat-Rite's Chic-Wich Sandwich, which the label says has 220 calories, 4 grams of fat, actually has almost double the calories and five times as much fat. The same goes for the Crusty Baked Mac-Cheese, 465 calories, and 23 grams of fat. We contacted Eat-Rite in Clear Lake California three times, and sent them copies of our test results.
We asked to see any proof they have for the claims on their labels, but the company has not responded.