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Scary: Errors in Food Labels!!


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Hi, I'm new here!

I'd just like to ask if you guys have had any experience with dubious calorie counts in food labels... Like impossible calorie counts. For instance, today I was in uni and I wanted a healthy breakfast, and the wraps seemed promising. All the wraps were in the normal 300~ cal range except for one: the ham wrap. There was no substantial difference in ingredients (Tortilla, ham!, cheese!, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, margarine!) but the food label said it was a mind boggling 95 calories. That's just way off from the rest. Is that possible? Is it possible that a wrap has ham AND cheese and still be 95 calories???? When next to it a similar wrap (same brand) WITHOUT ham even has 300 calories??

I doubled the calorie count just in case, but when something as substantial as that as 240 kilojoules per 100g (seriously), I begin to wonder if food labels are always accurate....

 

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God, I am always cautious when it comes to food labels. Some are totally misleading or just plain WRONG. Always double-check. I tend to trust my instincts and sort of guesstimate the calories... I think I kinda 'know' how much calories something is, just by looking at the contents and ingredients.

Whoa - that sounds like a typo. But I've definitely seen some nutrition labels that were clearly incorrect - especially on imported foods from China. I have a bag of dried shiitake mushrooms in my house that says that an oz of dried mushrooms has no protein, no carbs, no fiber, and no calories. It's just 28 grams of...nothing. And other times I've seen labels where grams of carbs, fat and protein were accounted for, but didn't match the calorie count. 

Yes – annoying isn't it? haha 28 grams of nothing. My wrap was labeled by my uni student union, so I won't be surprised if it is a typo, which is somewhat upsetting because for a moment there I thought I was eating a delicious wrap under 100 calories. 

Even then, at least the wrap's still healthy-ish! Well... healthier than the muffin next to it that's for sure.

 

Original Post by nointernecine:

Even then, at least the wrap's still healthy-ish! Well... healthier than the muffin next to it that's for sure.

Oh gosh, muffins always throw me off-guard with their calorie content. Who knows that a typical muffin is like over 400 calories!! And it doesn't even look like it. How sneaky. -_-

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Sometimes it's something ridiculous like a serving definition. You sure it didn't say 95Cal per serving, with the serving size being one fifth of the wrap? Smile

Original Post by linden:

Sometimes it's something ridiculous like a serving definition. You sure it didn't say 95Cal per serving, with the serving size being one fifth of the wrap?

it could have been that. the other day i bought a bag of doritos thinking it was 150 cal .. they used to say 200 so i thought they must of changed the recipe or re-tested it, and i thought wow thats pretty good

i then whilst eating them looked at the pack and it say 150 cals per 30g serving.. and the bag was 55g so it was actually 275! 

i shared it with my friend (im pretty sure it was a king size bag silly me) so it was all good in the end..

i cant imagine a wrap being 95. i make my own wraps and the lowest calorie wrap ive found is 135 just for the wrap - no fillings 

 

Original Post by annabel95:

Original Post by linden:

Sometimes it's something ridiculous like a serving definition. You sure it didn't say 95Cal per serving, with the serving size being one fifth of the wrap?

it could have been that. the other day i bought a bag of doritos thinking it was 150 cal .. they used to say 200 so i thought they must of changed the recipe or re-tested it, and i thought wow thats pretty good

i then whilst eating them looked at the pack and it say 150 cals per 30g serving.. and the bag was 55g so it was actually 275!

i shared it with my friend (im pretty sure it was a king size bag silly me) so it was all good in the end..

i cant imagine a wrap being 95. i make my own wraps and the lowest calorie wrap ive found is 135 just for the wrap - no fillings

 

Those serving sizes always confuse me - I'm glad we're having the system of kcals per 100 grams! So much easier to determine!

I've seen canned fruit in sugar syrup - 41 kcal per 100 grams. Doesn't seem right. Not at all.

i know, thank god for per 100g.. i dont know how people in america understand cups :S what about cereal.. air would take up space wouldnt it?

are you sure that it wasn't 41kcal per drained weight (pretty sure you would have to wash the syrup off as well to get that number).. if not, i agree, that can't be right given that sugar is about 400 calories per 100g.. and syrup is pure sugar right? 

Just found this and had to note - Annabel, after much searching, I found a wrap that is 65kcal! Granted, it doesn't taste very nice plain and it's a bit crumbly but used as a mushroom, tomato and feta pizza base, it's great :)
Original Post by annabel95:

i know, thank god for per 100g.. i dont know how people in america understand cups :S what about cereal.. air would take up space wouldnt it?

are you sure that it wasn't 41kcal per drained weight (pretty sure you would have to wash the syrup off as well to get that number).. if not, i agree, that can't be right given that sugar is about 400 calories per 100g.. and syrup is pure sugar right?

It didn't say anything about drained weight. But there was syrup with water, not pure sugar - then I'd never buy it! After I'd tasted it I was more certain that it was labeled wrong - it was very sugary sweet.

Cups are with the air between the cereal pieces - that's why it's so confusing because 1 cup of one thing might be several times heavier than 1 cup of something else and if the bag is labeled with the weight and not in cups...

No thanks Wink

must be a bit smaller than mine then :P i actually use these really nice square ones (far more practical) that are 160, but im not looking to cut calories anyway :) 

maurinah -  yeah i would be very dubious about the calorie count then! even if its not pure sugar i would guess it would be more than that..

yeah ill stick with weighing things thank you very much! measuring is for liquid in my opionion! :)

Original Post by linden:

Sometimes it's something ridiculous like a serving definition. You sure it didn't say 95Cal per serving, with the serving size being one fifth of the wrap?

Yes I totally agree that serving sizes can be a real mislead. but that time I really, really checked (like compared with other wrap servings of that brand) AND checked the value per 100g. It was a baffling 57.3 calories per 100 g. Still ridiculously low.

Anyway doesn't matter. There were lots of veggies in it, and no sneaky mayo or cream cheese, so that's enough for me.

And yes potato chip/grainwaves/nacho servings are RIDICULOUS. Impossible to keep to that! haha I just don't buy them (but I'm a sucker for biscuits.)

Gosh I have no idea how to double quote, but girlsabout:what in the world do they put in muffins?? Why are they so calorific??

Soo random, but I just wanted to say that I am a college student and that the student union at my university messes that kind of thing up too. For example: there is a website that is supposed to list all the nutritional info for the foods served in the cafeterias, and yesterday it listed a piece of apple pie (1/8 pie) as 35 calories!!!!!! XD how dopey; and they do this a lot with desserts.

Original Post by nointernecine:

Gosh I have no idea how to double quote, but girlsabout:what in the world do they put in muffins?? Why are they so calorific??

Just press the "quote" button and you'll see that it leads you to the comment box. Then you can omit the unnecessary info that you want! :)

Anyways, they put in a lot of crap in the muffins I am sure. Sugar, flour, artificial colorings, vanilla essence... etc, I dunno. But the biggest culprit is the sugar and flour! I'm totally mortified one day when I had a muffin at Disneyland and when I searched the calories online, I saw the atrocity :( I always thought a muffin looked like 200 calories lol.

the muffins i mentioned were a whopping 600 calories a muffin. how does that even work i cannot fathom.

anyway, thanks alot for the feedback guys. just goes to show that one can never be too sure about one's calorie count! There should be room for error. But of course best course of action is to make your own wrap!

@flor1234: that majorly sucks. and my union put such a high price on that wrap to boot. bah.

i cant imagine a wrap being 95. i make my own wraps and the lowest calorie wrap ive found is 135 just for the wrap - no fillings 

 

 I agree, all the wraps I've seen are about that with no filling.

Original Post by flor1234:

Soo random, but I just wanted to say that I am a college student and that the student union at my university messes that kind of thing up too. For example: there is a website that is supposed to list all the nutritional info for the foods served in the cafeterias, and yesterday it listed a piece of apple pie (1/8 pie) as 35 calories!!!!!! XD how dopey; and they do this a lot with desserts.

 maybe...just maybe...it's a conspiracy and secretly they want everyone to get fat!! Wink  I would totally fall for it haha!

I always wonder about calorie counts too! I always think "...but how do they KNOW for SURE? What if this is actually a 300 calorie snack?" It doesn't consume my thoughts or anything like that, just a silly idea that pops into my head from time to time haha

As far as low-cal wraps, you can make a tasty ham wrap for under 200 cals!

Light Flat-Out wrap - 90 calories (And 9g fiber!) 

6 slices of Oscar Mayer ham - 60

lettuce, tomato, mustard, pickle - ~30

and that's around 200 right there. Of course, there's no cheese or mayo in it, so that would def up the count. Even still, if you used 1/2 a slice of cheese and 4 slices of lunch meat and subbed the mustard for a little mayo or hummus it would still only be around 250!

It is way easier to just buy a pre-made one, though haha

Original Post by nointernecine:

Original Post by linden:

Sometimes it's something ridiculous like a serving definition. You sure it didn't say 95Cal per serving, with the serving size being one fifth of the wrap?

Yes I totally agree that serving sizes can be a real mislead. but that time I really, really checked (like compared with other wrap servings of that brand) AND checked the value per 100g. It was a baffling 57.3 calories per 100 g. Still ridiculously low.

Anyway doesn't matter. There were lots of veggies in it, and no sneaky mayo or cream cheese, so that's enough for me.

And yes potato chip/grainwaves/nacho servings are RIDICULOUS. Impossible to keep to that! haha I just don't buy them (but I'm a sucker for biscuits.)

Gosh I have no idea how to double quote, but girlsabout:what in the world do they put in muffins?? Why are they so calorific??

muffins are pretty much cake. and the school i work at offers kids chocolate muffins with chocolate chunks in them for breakfast.  yeah, great way to start the day.

Have you tried Flat-Out wraps? THe original is 100 calories and the Light and Light Italian varieties are only 90:

http://www.flatoutbread.com/

I've never seen the pitas in stored around me, but they carry the wraps almost everywhere, I've noticed.

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