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25th-Mar-2010 12:11 pm
Claussen, you disappoint me.  As I was packing my lunch bag (leftover 2-bone rib spare rib segment, blueberry yogurt and a clementine which will make three "meals" throughout the work day), I though:

"Hey, you know what would just make this feed sack?  A pickle to go with those ribs!"

So, I grabbed a jar of Claussen Kosher Garlic Whole Dill pickles and bagged on up.  Curious about the calorie cost, I took a gander at the nutritional label and saw that it was 5 calories for 1 serving.  Great.  But having become used to the lies of the food industry, I read on to see what, exactly, made up "one serving".

One serving is approximately one-third of a pickle...

Now don't misunderstand, I'm not talking about those giant pickles you pull out of salt-crusted barrels in the deli.  I'm talking about a standard 1"x3" grocery store pickle.  In what world is 1/3 of a pickle a reasonable expectation or one serving?!?  Do they expect that the average user is going to cut the pickle up into spears?  Would they not, then, have just bought dill spears?  Or maybe pickle slices?  Once again, they would have just bought pickle slices (they are, after all, cheaper than whole dills)!!!

I get it of course, by listing an entire 3" pickle as a single serving, they could have very easily listed the content as 15 calories and no one would bat an eye.  However, depending how they rounded things out on the label, they may have wanted to avoid listing the 3-4 carbs in a single pickle which would make the Atkins folk look the other way.  And 330mg sodium for a single serving isn't bad, but if that suddlenly blooms to 990mg, people will start to take notice (though anyone eating a pickle should not be surprised that a brined pickle contains salt).  I get it, really, but I'm still calling shennanigans on this. 

1/3 of a pickle... I think I'll enjoy that with half of a grape...
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26th-Mar-2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Oh no... the tic tac would totally push me over my limit!
30th-Mar-2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Late in my college years, I got label conscious. Not that I wouldn't eat what I wanted to, but that I wanted to be relatively informed about it. That was when I realized the "if you shouldn't be eating it, there won't be any info except ingredients" thing that was in effect until the FDA required nutritional info. So, no chance to know the calorie count of, say, a Milky Way. However, Doritos did put some info, and while I don't recall the exact calorie count, it told the amount in one serving.

It was a 1.1 ounce bag. A serving was 1 ounce. Seriously.

30th-Mar-2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's just... amazing...
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