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Calorie counts. Good, bad or ugly?

Monday, March 04, 2013

How much do you actually trust the calorie counts on prepared foods you buy? A little? A lot? Maybe you should check out this video. It just might change your mind.

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  • KRISKAY1962
    1916 days ago
    I've noticed a wide range of nutritional information even here on SparkPeople!! I'll buy a product and look for the nutritional information and what's posted online varies from what is on my label!! I don't know if people are careless entering, or if manufacturers tweak the formulas in between batches (or between locations - like shipments destined to NY might have "lower calories" than shipments intended for the Mid-West??), like the cost of an ingredient got to be too much so they cut out nutritional ingredient A and increased cheap ingredient "filler" B and that pushed the nutritional information off? I just don't know. And it's not necessarily careless typos, I don't think.

    And what's all the more aggravating is that on the SparkPeople iPhone app for reporting food, the extra info for vitamins and minerals gets cut off - so I can't tell if a person actually entered that info (very often, when I go to the PC to compare for the same food, the same person's USERNAME entry for that food Does actually show that they did enter the vitamins like A, C, or minerals Calcium or Iron, even if all they could do is indicate 0% like the actual label says.

    I've also noticed that brands that have been a long long time - for example, let's say Popeye's Canned Chopped Spinach (made by Allen's)?? I can't think of the specific example now... (and this may be a regional brand - it's based out of Arkansas and I've seen it in the South up here to Kansas but not sure if it is nationwide.)....the protein levels on my label show less than the protein levels of entries made earlier on SP and/or might be the "official" entry that SparkPeople first used? I'm not sure if that means the quality of spinach is degrading (doubtless genetically modified foods like corn would have less "nutrition" but I'm talking spinach here, okay?)... or because the soils are getting so depleted?

    So anyway, it's a worrisome thought. We're having weight issues partly because of a decline in nutrition of the basic foods??

    I just assume all restaurants are lying anyway. Even at Subway and Chipotle's, both places we like to go, the official Subway bragging on the sandwich that Jared ate will say in the fine print something along the lines of "adding cheese will add calories to your total" or some such. Common sense, but yet, deceptive, right? because they'll show a photo of a sandwich slathered in cheese!!

    And Chipotle's - I am SOOO tempted to bring a scale with me and compare the weights of individual items as they are dumped into my plate and into my husband's plate. We both prefer the vegetarian burrito "bol" (why they can't be bothered to spell "bowl" correctly beats me!!). Inevitably he will get a much larger scoop of the guacamole than I will. Inevitably! We'll even watch the person scooping mine out and then reach in there and carve a big hunk back off my scoop and put it back in with the rest of the guacamole and then smoosh my scoop downward so it flattens out and "looks" same size as my husband's size. Doubtless that means a) she thinks I'm too fat and b) needs to be punished by c) reducing the size of my guacamole scoop and d) saving me calories. Like her Halo is all bright and shiny!??
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    So anyway, wow, you can tell ya hit a nerve there!!

    1925 days ago
    Very interesting...thankyou for the link
    1925 days ago
    1928 days ago
    This was very interesting and quite a shock! Just goes to show that you can't trust all you see on the food you buy! Thank you for sharing this!

    1931 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2013 4:52:38 AM
    That was very interesting! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
    1931 days ago
    Just read another article saying that there could be up to 5 calories more per serving in some prepared items than listed. UGH

    Does pay to pay attention!

    HUGS and thanks for the information.
    1932 days ago
    Very interesting...
    1932 days ago
  • POPSY190
    This was incredible. It just goes to show that you have to take all information with a pinch of salt unless you have independent corroboration of its claims. Thank you very much for posting this link.
    1932 days ago
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