Checking Servings per Container
About a decade ago I got the dumb idea that I could lose weight eating Ramen Noodles. You actually can lose weight eating Ramen Noodles, it’s just not a particular healthy way to do it. I found that one pack of noodles wasn’t filling me up, so I started eating two. I checked the back of the label and read that each serving of noodles contained 190 calories.
What I didn’t notice was that each package of Ramen Noodles actually contains two servings. Can you believe that? Any by eating two packs, I was really having four servings! No wonder that diet went horrible!
Since I would be losing all this weight eating noodles, I decided to go ahead and keep drinking Dr. Pepper. (Again this was many years ago, before my lapband surgery.) I decided to allot myself four 20oz Dr. Peppers a day. That sounds like a lot now but it didn’t seem like a lot then. I would get one on the way to my desk each morning, have one with lunch, one late in the afternoon, and one with dinner. Again I checked the label: only 100 calories! Again though, I was fooled by the serving size. Each 20oz bottle of soda actually contains 2 1/2 recommended servings. Instead of 100, each 20oz bottle of soda contains 250. In reality I was adding another 1,000 calories a day in just soda. This diet was terrible for losing weight but it sure tasted great!
Last week on our way home from Denver we stopped in a convenient store for gas and some snacks. I’ve really been trying to watch what I eat, so instead of picking up some potato chips or candy like I normally would, I picked up a package of nuts (cashews, to be exact). I glanced at the label and saw that the small package only contained 190 calories. “Not bad,” I thought to myself. When I got to the car and took a closer look I noticed that there were FOUR servings in that small container! It even said, “recommended serving size: 19 cashews.” Planters, you almost got me!
Don’t just check the calories on the side of your containers. Check how many serving sizes are contained inside that package as well. You might be surprised.