I don't know about you, but I am getting sick and tired of the food industry trying to pull fast ones on us. I can remember when the term "Lite" came into being and was unregulated. It was being used for the most ridiculous of descriptions including an oil that was "Lite" in color! Nothing "Lite" about the calories in oil. Fat is fat, you can't get around that.
Anyhow, what got me thinking about that was that I went to the vending machine at work today and bought a small 2 ounce bag of Mr. Nature No Cholesterol Unsalted Trail Mix. It looked harmless enough. Just some nuts and raisins. I flipped over the bag to the nutritional label and saw that it was only 120 calories. It seemed like it was a great snack.
But then.....I went to enter it into my sparkpeople nutritional page and had to manually enter it on my "favorites" list. It was only then, AFTER I had already eaten it, that I noticed "Servings per Container: - TWO" !!! How ridiculous is that??! Who is going to look at this little bag that is only 1/2 way filled up and realize they should only eat half of it? Not me I guess! Why not put the true amount of calories in that small little bag? Why not? I'll tell you why not, because they don't want to admit just how fattening this product truly is.
It brought back to mind the time several years ago when I sat in a Weight Watchers meeting and the leader told us how we are so out of control with portion sizes these days. As an example, she pointed out that if you look on the nutritional label for a pound box of spaghetti or ziti, it indicates 8 servings per box. THAT is ridiculous. Each serving is 200 calories, and when was the last time (or even the first time) that you put a box of spaghetti or ziti in a pot of boiling water and served it to 8 people??? I told her privately after the meeting that I didn't believe she gave a good example. Nobody I know would eat .125 of a box of spaghetti and considers it anything other than a side dish! LOL.
See what I mean? It goes to my point that it is possible for the food industry to stay within the letter of the law but it doesn't mean they still can't trick us into thinking their foods are not high in calories. A box of spaghetti in my house serves 4 not 8 and that means 400 calories per serving, not 200. And you know what? If you have that once a week and allow for the calories, it's not going to hurt your weight loss efforts. You just can't do it every night, that's all.
The next time you make spaghetti, or even better....ziti or penne....just try and measure out 1/8 of the box (cooked weight that is) and see how far that gets you. The serving size on the label indicates .125 of the box. 2 ounces of ziti isn't a lot of pieces of ziti.
So I say to you be careful my friends....it's stuff like this that makes us wonder how in the world we didn't lose weight on a particular week when we just knew we had stuck to our program limits.
The more informed we are, the less they can fool us.