WHY NUTRITIONAL LABELS REALLY BUG ME!

There seems to be a lot of controversy over the information that currently exists on food labels. My feeling is that if you’re going to put information on a label, the information should immediately make sense to us. This is NOT the case. While I see MANY problems with food labels, I will spare you and focus on two issues that really bug me.

SERVING SIZE: The other day I saw a small bag of caramel popcorn. A serving size was 28 grams and had 130 calories. While many of us understand 130 calories, what the hell does 28 grams of popcorn translate into? One cup? ½ cup? WHAT? This small package, that most of us would consider to be a single serving, actually had FOUR AND ONE HALF servings. This means that this little bag had 585 calories. Clearly, there are two main problems here:

1. We don’t understand the 28-gram serving size

2. The 28-gram serving size is completely unrealistic

SUGARS: We keep hearing in the news how dangerous added sugars are. Luckily we have food labels that tell us how much sugar is in the product that we’re buying. Right? Well…………sort of. Again, why is the sugar information listed in grams?  What makes more sense to you………24 grams of sugar or 6 teaspoons of sugar? Sugar should be listed as teaspoons because teaspoons make sense to us!

Sorry for the rant. At least I only discussed TWO issues that bug me!

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