I don't think it is a health initiative. I think it is a cost-saving trick by the manufacturers. They can put 10 percent less in the same-sized box and sell it to you at the same price and they hope you won't notice. I especially hate when a recipe calls for an 8 oz can of something and the only size now available is a 7 oz can.
I lost a lot of weight and maintained it for years, then I got all stressed and busy and lost my way. Starting over from a much better place (way less to lose this time!) and making things better.
Tuna is another example. A can of tuna is an ounce smaller than it used to be. Well, the can isn't, but the tuna is. Must be because of overfishing. They've caught all the big ones and are canning smaller ones now.
WHAT?? Kris, I thought those ice cream cartons were all one serving!!!
SJP, I think some of the changes are due to marketing - less product, no change in price. I don't remember what I noticed the other day, but I've been doing just what you said - plugging food items into my tracker and racking up more nutrition than I was actually consuming!
"Normal is not something to aspire to - it's something to get away from." -- Jodie Foster
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." --Albert Einstein
according to Spark's nutrition database, one slice of cheese equals one ounce. Which is what it always was when I was a career dieter of the calorie-counting school; that one slice = one ounce = 100 calories was the cornerstone of many a dietetic meal-plan!
But the last time I bought Kraft Swiss and provolone cheeses, the eight ounce packages were ten and twelve slices respectively, and the Kraft chipotle cheddar I picked up last night is...ten slices for 7.5 ounces. So not only is the slice to ounce ratio no longer reliable, the total product per package is now also variable.
If this is one of those “stealth health” initiatives, I believe I'll have to launch a protest. One of those online signature things, maybe. I paid for those ounces!
Okay, so I'm more or less kidding. About the protest, anyway. If I were tracking this month, I'd be seriously annoyed by having to do package-dependent maths. Also surprised to be hungry sooner after eating than I'd expected thanks to the fewer grams of satiating fat in those thinner slices.
Anyone notice any other sneaky reductions recently?
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