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Fittingly Mad: Are Serving Sizes Correct?

If you've been reading FitSugar, then you know by know that I am an avid serving size watcher. What do I mean by this? Well I always check the nutritional label on foods, and the first thing I look at is the serving size.

Recently, I've been noticing a discrepancy between what the label says and what I measure out myself. No, I am not that anal but when you're cooking you tend to notice these types of things. For example, last night I was measuring out canned chickpeas for a recipe I was making and the can said serving size one cup, but it also said that there were 3.5 servings per can. All I needed was one cup; however, I noticed that there was absolutely no way that there was 2.5 cups left in that can. I measured it out, and the remains hardly filled one cup! I was pretty blown away. I would have gone and measured everything in my pantry, but my husband felt that was taking it a bit too far.

Granted I know that chickpeas are no reason for great alarm since they are not high in calories or fat, but ever since my chickpea incident I've been thinking about how nutritional labels are so sneaky. This is just another reason for me to not trust the information I am getting (and relying on) from them. Keeping track of and watching what you put in your body is hard enough as it is, I don't need to now find out that I've been calculating all wrong because I am not getting the right info.

Oh, and don't even get me started on the fact that an item can have zero trans fats on the label when in reality it does have trans fats. Does anyone else agree that someone (or some organization) needs to take a good look at this nutritional labeling situation?


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