Sunday, January 1, 2012

Serving Size Games

It's well-known that food companies play games with the serving size on labels to make their food look better nutritionally than what it is.  Some of the serving sizes are ridiculously small, like Coke claiming 2.5 servings in a 20 ounce bottle of soda.

Today's entry in the nutrition facts hall of shame is something I eat every day: Egg Beaters, made by the giant food company ConAgra.

I noticed that the serving size has mysteriously changed from 1/4 cup (easy to measure) to 3 tablespoons (not so easy to measure.)  Other than the calories going from 30 to 25, I couldn't figure out why, until I read further down the label.

The sodium has decreased from 115mg per serving to 90mg per serving.  They no doubt did this on purpose, to make it look like Egg Beaters have less salt in them than what they do.

The reality is, nobody eats 1 serving of Egg Beaters.  I usually eat 4 every morning for breakfast. I'm not a big fan of government regulation, but something needs to be done about the serving size fraud.

It's like bread.  Serving size: 1 slice.  Who eats 1 slice of bread?  Nobody.  You make a sandwich, so really, 1 serving is 2 slices.  I could go on, but you get the idea.

The food companies are afraid that people will find out what is *really* in their food. That's why they make 1 can of soup have 2 servings in it, because if you really knew it contained almost 2,000mg of sodium, you might run the other way.

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