Wednesday, July 20, 2011
These sites can't ever make it simple. I don't know who decides what info goes into the database at the USDA but it's not updated nearly often enough unless, I guess, they want to put more crappy industrial foods in there. God forbid the government not kiss butt to the food corporations handing it all its campaign dollars. But the average person just trying to figure out what nutrition they are getting from real food? Forget it.
Case in point. The bacon (yes, a real food--shaddup, vegans) I get from Kroger has sixteen slices per pound. The USDA database doesn't have an entry for that. *SparkPeople* doesn't have an entry for that. OK, fine. One slice of the Kroger stuff when cooked is about 12 grams. But I can't set my bacon favorite to 12 grams. I have to remember, instead, that a slice is 12 grams and hope it's right when I enter it into the day's intake. GRR.
I can see why people resort to eating out of boxes. One of many reasons. Probably not one of the more common reasons. Never mind. If you're eating out of nothing but boxes and mixes then you don't care what's going into your mouth anyway. I certainly never thought about it when that was *my* life. I get it. Really.
Still. Is it so much to ask that this not be overcomplicated?
I have a workaround... and better that I do it now rather than trying to remember to check the bacon label later, considering I don't always eat the same brand.
(By the way, bacon's a good source of animal protein, a good source of monounsaturated fat--the same kind as in olive oil--and a decentish source of choline, which helps keep your liver healthy. NOT THAT SP TRACKS CHOLINE, thanks a lot guys. :P And I'm low-carbing, which means my kidneys like to let go of my sodium instead of hoarding it, which means I actually *do* need the salt or I get leg cramps. Go figure.)