Wednesday, July 8, 2009

WSJ: Calorie Disclosures Are Up for Dispute

I thought I couldn't be the only one who second-guessed that sugar-encrusted blueberry muffin at Starbucks after looking at the posted calorie content underneath it.

I might be in the minority.

After reading through an article about that very topic in today's Wall Street Journal, I was shocked to learn that might be the case. Fewer than 5% of customers at chain restaurants noticed the new calorie information, and as most studies show, people that self-report how many calories they intake generally underestimate that number. The article also mentions that restaurant dishes vary, and that one chef making a dish that could be as low as 310 calories could also go up to 400.

It doesn't really come as a surprise, as even in fine dining establishments, the food varies with the cook preparing it. Let this serve as a reminder that you should never make assumptions about what's being served to you!

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