... But not in my junk food! If you want a good source of Omega 3s, try eating wild Salmon or take an Omega 3 supplement.
And by all means, ignore front of package labels. The above package is a great example of one to ignore.
You might be wondering why you would need a calculator at the grocery store. To the left is exhibit A. Go figure:
- Four Muffins
- 180 Calories per serving
- 11 servings
Here's where the calculator is needed:
- 11/4 = 2.75 servings per muffin
- 2.75 x 180 = 495 calories per muffin
I believe it's safe to assume that you would eat an entire muffin. So, instead of consuming 180 calories, you will actually be chowing down on 495.
As an aside, the front label states: 0 trans fats. On the back label, it states: partially hydrogenated. That's a fancy way of saying trans fats. So, in each muffin there are, in fact, trans fats. It also states on the back label: not a significant source of trans fats.
Considering that trans fat is a known killer, I always assume any amount of trans fat is significant. I also don't like being lied to!
One again, front of package marketing provides misleading information to the consumer. It states 60% less fat.
Here's the scoop:
By reading the top of this margarine tub, you would think that this is a "healthy" product - less saturated fat and no preservatives. WRONG. When reading the Nutrition Facts, it states 1 gram of trans fat per serving. While this product might be 100% canola, it's also 7% trans fat.
Trans fat is an artery clogger and a known killer. Please, ignore the marketing and sales hype on the front of all products and read nutrition fact labels.
The above statement doesn't sound logical until you review the facts. Here's one example.
Here's one more example . . . from PomWonderful. It should be renamed to PomFat.
From the New York Times; a great video about serving sizes. Bottomline: Read the label carefully.
Welcome to my blog about diet, health, and lifestyle issues. You'll find snippets and tidbits to assist with living a healthier lifestyle. Enjoy. - Ken Leebow
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