Are the labels wrong?

Old 03-07-2010, 09:23 PM
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Question Are the labels wrong?

Hi, I just started dieting and I see Fitday's nutrition info is different from the labels of many foods, from orange juice to frozen foods, Fitday's is always more than the label says. I heard that company's cheat on their labels to make food more attractive to dieters. Has any body heard this? If I use the label info it can be as much as a 500 calorie difference from Fitday's for a single day's intake? That's too much to let slide...Thanks
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:38 PM
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I believe that the FDA permits up to a 20% discrepancy between actual and reported nutrition information. Whether companies are fudging data on purpose to make their food more attractive is anybody's guess.

Just make sure your serving sizes are equivalent when making the comparisons, and you can also Google the item's calories; there are a ton of calorie counting sites out there and you can probably get an idea of what is the most generally accepted nutritional value.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:04 PM
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There's a big difference between a package's "serving size" and what most people actually eat. A "serving" of orange juice by the package is 1 cup/8 oz: that's one measuring cup. A typical drinking glass holds 2 or 3 cups. That's why measuring is so important, especially when you're starting out. Portion sizes have gotten totally out of control.
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:42 PM
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There appear to be bugs in FitDay's computation of micronutrients. Compare labels to the Total Nutrition values for the same food, and there are even bigger discrepancies.

When the FitDay and label values disagree, the label will always be more accurate. Manufacturers will change their formulations regularly, and the nutritional info will very considerably from one company to another. They're only allowed to fudge by 20% or so on labels, but FitDay may have very old data.
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