6 responses to “Today’s Lesson: Always Read Nutrition Facts”

  1. Theta

    I always read labels too and with the time became an expert in reading/decoding them.
    Thank you for great article!

  2. Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

    The Chicago Cubs now sell bison dogs, can you believe it? I was at the game at Wrigley Field on Sunday and almost fell out of my seat when the vendor walked by.

    There is a package of Applegate Farms dogs in the fridge, just waiting for me to break down and eat one. The damage has already been done on my end, I fear.

  3. lindsay

    whoa! I just bought Hebrew National 97% fat free dogs, and while they were expensive and bad in all sorts of ways, they only have 40 cal per 1.5 ounce but a whopping 520mg sodium. We'll just drink lots of water?

  4. debbie koenig

    @Casey, I do believe those bison dogs are the same ones I wrote about. Beware!

    @Lindsay, sometimes I wonder if the 97% fat free dogs aren't actually worse in some way. I mean, what's in them? The ingredients label is suspiciously brief–not that I think they're leaving out info, since legally they can't, but how much Modified Food Starch do they need to use to make a dog that's so low in fat? It's a challenge, finding a hot dog that doesn't make me nervous in one way or another. So of course they're Harry's favorite food!

  5. Liz

    Hi, Deb. VERY interesting post. You're absolutely right, of course, it's essential to check the label (and also the stated portion size, right? It irks me sometimes when something so obviously a 'single' serving – like a single packaged cookie – turns out on (much) closer examination to be "two servings"). On a not altogether unrelated note, there has just been a very interesting series of three programmes on the BBC presented by a chap called Stefan Gates all about food additives (which in the EU are represented on labels as numbers with an 'E' prefix). I don't know whether you would be able to access them online, but if you can they're well worth checking out. I think you should certainly be able to read this article, which is linked to the series, if you're interested. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10773893

    Have a great weekend,
    Liz

  6. sherry frewerd

    wow, i never thought a bison dog would be so un-nutrious thanks for the info and i will be reading lables closer.

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