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Why you should always double check

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I noticed something interesting when preparing to enter my lunch foods today. I rely pretty heavily on the nutritional information that others have entered in the food search and often take it for granted that people will enter the correct info or that the info will be up-to-date. I couldn't remember which yogurt I had packed for my lunch today, so I checked the label and incidentally, looked at the calorie info. It was lemon and I suspected it might be less than strawberry. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was 100 calories. Stonyfield Organic yogurts often get dinged for being higher calorie because they have a much higher sugar content compared to other sweetened yogurts.

When I searched for Stonyfield Organic lemon yogurt, I found entry after entry showing 140 and 130 calories, but none for 100 calories. Turns out that all of the Stonyfield 0% Fat Smooth and Creamy yogurt flavors now are 100 calories because they have replaced some of the sugar with stevia. (Fruit on the Bottom flavors do not contain stevia and are still higher calorie and their plain yogurt is still 80 calories per 6 ounce cup.)

Personally, I don't have any complaint about stevia. I prefer it to the aspartame and fructose in other flavored fat free yogurts. I know some people don't like any kind of artificial sweetener, even when that sweetener is "natural." What made me post about this is that if I hadn't checked the label, I would have entered 30-40 calories that I didn't actually consume. This is a fairly recent change (they swapped for stevia about 6 months ago), so most of the info in the food search database is out-of-date.

I think it's important to remember that food manufacturers often change things like ingredients and serving sizes and that foods that appear to be packaged as single servings often contain more than one serving. I once saw a packet of hot fudge sauce that said "Single Serving Size" on the front and "Number of servings per container: 2" on the back. So double check those labels before eating and entering foods, folks!
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    I've run into the same problem when using other people's entries. Good reminder to always check that label.
    2335 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    Interesting - love or is that hate the story about the single serving fudge. Just crazy the food labeling.

    2336 days ago
    I do the same....rely on what has already been entered into th SP database. I think the culprits are the fact that companies are frequently changing their product sizes, etc. If it's within a few calories, I usually use it....if not, I will then enter in all the ingredients myself. The frustrating part? When I have entered in a food not listed into the SP database, I later try to use that (when I'm entering in DHs foods on his SP food tracker) and what I just entered isn't to be found! Don't have the answer to that one. At all.
    2337 days ago
    Good Job for checking out the calories. Input your own from now saves you from checking.
    2337 days ago
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