Monday, October 18, 2004

Ever Read Food Labels?

Check out the labels on the food in your pantry and lok at the suggested serving sizes. Food manufacturers have been tweaking the numbers to make the calorie count (and other info) more appealing. John Stossel of ABC News recently did a story on these manipulations, and it's really surprising.

For example, one blueberry muffin, individually wrapped, was shown as having 215 calories. If you looked a little closer, that muffin also contained three servings. On a jar of pickles, the suggested serving size was three-fourths of a pickle. Eat seventy-five percent, then throw the last quarter of it back in the jar?

This web site gives real information about food labels, and a clear understanding of what to look for and what to avoid. It explains, for example, the difference between "low calorie", "reduced calorie" and "lite".