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How Accurate is Nutritional Information?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I often wonder exactly how accurate the Nutritional Information labels are on packaged foods. I know they give the weight as well as the "number of..." a lot of times in their serving sizes, but what if you don't have a kitchen scale handy? For example, on a bag of potato chips, where it says a certain number of chips is equal to a certain number of calories, grams of fat, etc. But potato chips are often all different sizes, so how can you say that "so many" equal a certain amount? Is that so many "medium", "small" or "large" ones?

Also, on cereals such as frosted flakes? At the bottom of the package, there's always "frosting" (in other words, sugar) gathered at the bottom. So the last bowl of the package HAS to contain MUCH more calories than a bowl take from when the package is first opened.

Ok, I know what you are thinking; why am I concerned about these unhealthy snacks and cereals when I'm supposed to be eating healthier? But lets face it; we all need a treat once in awhile. I know if I don't allow myself to have these things on occasion, I will never stick to my resolve of losing weight and becoming a healthier person. At least when I do allow myself to eat stuff like this, I care enough to make sure I'm tracking it and keep myself within my goals, even with the treats. That's the beauty of Sparking rather than dieting.
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    That is easy don't eat the bottom of the bag, Scoop out the cereal by hand and use the smaller chips. This way you don't have to worry about going over.
    I totaly get the have to have...I had been depriving myself for so long that not it is second nature for me to not eat stuff like chips and junk. However I know I can have it but I don't want to over do it so I make sure I just take a bite or two and that is enough. Good luck and keep focused.
    2063 days ago
    Most of the time, the potato chip bags also show a weight in ounces that constitutes a 'serving'. It'll have the weight listed, and also say "about 14 chips" or something akin to that. Cereals are the same way.

    I know that, while I avoid potato chips, I do still eat cereal. I measure out single-serving portions of cereal by weight into a ziploc baggie, and I skip the "frosting" or other granular stuff at the bottom of the bag. I tend to get 7 servings out of a box that claims to have 8 servings, so it makes a LOT of difference weighing it out rather than just guessing by count or by cup measurement!
    2087 days ago
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