Comedian Brian Regan talks about the serving size of Fig Newtons and Ice Cream:
What you need to know:
If the calorie count seems too low, or there is too little fat, sodium, and/or sugar to be this tasty, chances are the manufacturer reduced the serving size to a very low number. Take Lay’s Classic Potato Chips for example. An 11 oz. bag has 11 servings! That translates to about 15 chips weighing in at 1 oz. Truly, aside from a 2 year old, who eats such a small amount?
This 1 oz “mini-serving” carries 150 calories, 90 of them from fat. But if you’re watching TV with your spouse, good chances are you’ll polish off the entire bag yourselves. For arguments sake, let’s say your 2 kids are chugging down the chips as well. 11 ounces divided by 4 is just over 2.5 oz, or two and a half times more than the original serving size. Which means 412 calories, a hefty snack indeed.
What to do at the supermarket:
Look for the “serving size” and “number of servings” information at the top of a food’s nutrition label. If it seems too high, or the serving size too small, you’ll have to recalculate the nutrition information based on how much you consume.