Labels can be wrong!
I found these great gluten-free cookies recently -- more like biscuits, really -- and at 99 calories for two small cookies, they seemed almost like a dream! The brand is called Go Go Quinoa, and my little treat of happiness was the orange-mango variety.
Well, lo and behold, look what I found by pure accident on the company's website!
"Please note there is a printing mistake on the nutritable on the
actual boxes which has been now fixed but there are some units in
circulation that might have the uncorrected version. This is the
We are very sorry for any inconvenience."
Actual calorie count? 170. NEARLY DOUBLE! Something tells me that just might be one small contributor to my most recent struggles.
And this, believe it or not, leads me to another likely incorrect nutrition table! This weekend I was looking for these yummy sesame seed-and-honey candy/cookie things that I find at one my local small ethnic markets that is next door to our usual Laundromat. The brand I am used to has three little Keebler-Club-cracker-sized wafers for a total of somewhere near 300 calories. So I usually eat half (one and half pieces) for a snack while we are doing laundry.
They didn't have the usual brand, but they did have something similar, so I decided to try it. This one was oversized-cookie shape and size, and the label said 150 calories total.
I have never NOT trusted a label before, but my gut told me this one had to be wrong, so I only ate half, the way I normally would. But I felt a little paranoid: "Come on, Angie, how could the label be wrong? You've never known a label to be wrong before...and aren't there strict standards for food labeling?"
And then, I just found the "corrected nutritable" for my new cookies! I AM NOT being paranoid after all! I don't know about you, but as a food lover who must work hard to keep her weight in check, I find this juuuuuust shy of terrifying!
Of course, I can't claim to be REALLY surprised. The FDA doesn't think it needs to tell us when our foods have been genetically modified or shot full of antibiotics and hormones -- why would the USDA be any more credible in its transparency and accuracy?
But since I am a copy editor by trade, it does make me want to scream at the top of my lungs to this increasingly sloppy, Internet-driven, "everything faster" world, and the government in particular, "HEY! YES, YOU -- ALL OF YOU! EVERYONE! -- YOU ACTUALLY DO NEED A FACT CHECKER AND A PROOFREADER -- I AM AN EXCELLENT COPY EDITOR, AND I HEREBY OFFER MY SERVICES FOR HIRE!"
Except, you know, outside of the blog arena when I'm going for impact, those all caps would make me insane.
I have a full-time job and a few freelance gigs at the moment. I don't necessarily need the extra work. But I'm willing to take one for the ol' team on this.
I mean, seriously -- am I the only one who's ever been fooled by a typo on a nutrition label? And possibly by TWO in one week? As a copy editor, I understand the value in credibility, and the damage it sustains by sloppy errors. It might sound crazy to some, but it really makes me wonder how many more such mistakes are out there on the food we eat every day.
I really am getting ready to go 100% "clean" and never eat anything with a label again. But honestly, the mere thought of that almost makes me want to cry. Who has time to work full time AND make their own rice milk? Argh.
As an all-around update, I am beyond frustrated with my body (for reasons that include weight and the obvious fat rolls to prove it, but also pain and increasing fatigue -- thanks, fibro!), my scale and nearly all of my clothes lately. So this was NOT a good time for this nutrition label thing!