46. Nutrition "Facts"
Americans get confused when they try to understand
food labels (“Nutrition Facts”) on their packaged food.
is partly because the Food and Drug Administration
the Department of Agriculture often seem more interested
the welfare of the food industry than in
health of consumers.
For example, even though health
and the federal government itself tell consumers to
their salt intake, processors continue to add salt
packaged food. Salt occurs naturally in many foods,
why do processors add more? Perhaps processors think
extra salty food will make the consumers thirsty
to buy more soda and other beverages that
processors also make.
“Serving Size” is supposed to
the amount an average adult would eat at
sitting as part of a regular meal. However,
6-ounce container may have anywhere from 1 to
servings, depending on the food inside the container.
6-ounce can of Crabmeat contains one serving, while
6-ounce can of Pink Salmon Chunks contains 3
With the federal government’s approval, processors use labeling
helps to sell the product, regardless of how
or deceptive the label is to the consumer.
a consumer sees “200 calories” on a can
tuna fish, he might not buy it because
is a lot of calories. But if the
sees “20 calories” (because the can of tuna
has 10 servings!), he doesn’t worry that the
contains too many calories. All he sees is
number 20. That makes him happy, and it
the processor happy.