Friday, April 06, 2007

Professor! Do I gotta do MATH?!?!

The new math - in short - explaining how you can have a product sold with ZERO TRANS FAT (when it really doesn't)


At April 06, 2007 8:32 AM, Blogger jp_plus said...

Good post. You've got to see "fat free" or "no fat" as opposed to "zero". It's just like "decaffienated" vs. "caffiene free".

Even trickier is the "number of servings" section. The manufacturer may list a "serving size", which creatively fudges those numbers so the total included mass of the fats in question are measured low enough to round down to zero, because "serving size" would have you look at a smaller total amount.

Another easy, fun way to look at it is just by calorie breakdown. In the case of this snack, it's 120 calories per serving, with 30 of those coming from fat.. so picture 1/4th of that snack as fat and you get an entirely different picture.


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