public servic announcement about calorie counting
Saturday, October 31, 2015
I'm sure you are all familiar with food labels. What you may not be aware of is that food labels can be off by as much as 20% and that the nutrient content and calorie content of foods is based on the weight of the food not the volume of food. This is true for every single food. Here are three examples: plain oats....nutrition facts label says serving size 1/2 cup (40g). 150 calories. The 150 calories is based on 40g of oats, not 1/2 cup. 40g of oats is actually 1/3 cup. I bought a loaf of bread recently. The serving size said 1 slice (48g) 120 calories which means 48 grams of bread = 120 calories. Well, some of the slices of bread actually weighed 64 grams so the slice of bread you think had 120 calories actually had more like 160 calories. Peanut butter: people think a serving is 1T but it is actually 16g. I know I can stuff much more than 16g of PB into a tablespoon. If you're using volume measurements to count calories you are overeating without realizing it. The only way to accurately count calories is to WEIGH EVERYTHING on a food scale (preferably a digital). This includes foods that come in single serve packages.