Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dagnabit! The Chips Tricked Me!

9685saltVinegar This is really an example of karma at its finest. When I saw news articles (such as in the

Center for Science in the Public Interest'sNutrition Action Healthletter I get each month) about food labels not having the calories for the bag but for the serving size, I rolled my eyes a bit. Of COURSE people should be smart enough to figure that out! Well, I got mine today. I "took a walk" with a colleague who was going to get her lunch, and ended at one of those buffet places. I decided to get some chips to go with my packed sandwich. I've been monitoring calories, and so, I looked at the label. In the hustle and bustle, I was in a hurry to get out of the way. I did a hasty comparison of the Kettle Salt and Vinegar chips and Glenny's Soy Crisps. I was not in a soy mood. I saw that the Kettle chips had 150 calories and 9 g of fat. Not a health food, more fat than we'd like, but overall, not bad for once in awhile. What I neglected to realize was that there were two servings in the bag. So, that's 300 calories and 18 grams of fat. Not quite what I'd planned. I didn't even realize until going to log in the calories online and seeing the serving size...hand to head, Homer Simpson "Doh!" Perhaps I saw what I wanted to see...I mean, I'm under no delusions of believing potato chips are healthy. But, still, the labeling made it much easier for me to make that mistake. Live and learn!

Image of the offending chips from the company's web site.

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