Per the article, " In comparison a "serving" is the amount of food that experts recommend you eat..."
This is not necessarily true. The charts in the article are helpful, but we should all keep in mind that on packaged food (basically anything with a nutritional label), the serving size has nothing to do with expert recommendations and everything to do with the manufacturer's desire to manipulate the nutritional information (number of calories, amount of fat, etc.) For example, something labeled as "0 calories per serving" really only need to have fewer than 5. Less than 5 and they don't have to list the calories. So if you eat/drink two servings, you could be approaching up to 10 calories without realizing it. That's not the most dramatic example, but it makes the point. That's why so many "single serving" drinks and snacks actually contain more than one serving per the label. It's to make the snack look healthier than it really is.
- 5/1/2009 2:41:49 PM